Ronnie Moore today spoke of his delight at how his new-look Hartlepool United won for the first time in four matches.
This was a game of few chances, clear-cut ones anyway, and decided when Billy Paynter headed in Dan Jones’ cross from the left 11 minutes from half-time.
Pools defended well after thre break with Jamie Cureton wide in injury time from Josh Passley’s cross from the right.
It was Pools’ fifth win of the season and their third on the road.
Pools boss Ronnie Moore had rung the changes, as he promised, with Trevor Carson, Luke Hendrie and Magnus Okuonghae all making their debuts.
Okuonghae was outstanding at the heart of a defence which showed four changes from last week’s 2-1 defeat at Northampton Town.
“It’s only Scotty Harrison who survived at the back from last week,” said Moore.
“We made changes and we asked big Mags to go and head it and he organised things.
“The whole back four benefited from him.
“Luke Hendrie did well, showed pace and good movement and stood his ground well.
“They play with two good wingers and I was really pleased with his debut at rightback.
“Cars has had to wait for his chance, but he’s come and took crosses and it makes a difference.
“We had some heart attack moments if you like as balls come into the box and we got our foot in.
“Jamie Cureton had one real chance at the end – maybe we got a bit of luck there for once because that hasn’t happened for us lately.”