Player ratings: Hartlepool United 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

ROVERS STAR MAN: Matty Blair

ROVERS STAR MAN: Matty Blair

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Here is how our Rovers man Liam Hoden rated the players’ efforts in the final day defeat at Victoria Park.

IAN LAWLOR 7

Produced some fine saves to keep Rovers in touch and commanded his area well as Hartlepool began to bombard them.

MATTY BLAIR 8

Excellent performance by one of the season’s real stars. Always looking to make something happen and direct when others were not.

JOE WRIGHT 7

A fine performance after a disappointing show the previous week. Headed everything away and showed real composure under pressure.

ANDY BUTLER 6

Had performed well alongside Wright but was at fault for Hartlepool’s equaliser, caught in possession only a few yards from his own goal.

CRAIG ALCOCK 5

Up and down performance playing at left back, looking solid enough defensively but gave the ball away far too much.

LUKE MCCULLOUGH 4

As poor a performance as he has produced in Rovers colours. Struggled to make a single pass which only increased the pressure on Rovers.

NIALL MASON 5

Moved to right midfield for this clash but contributed little going forward. Was overrun easily when switched to defensive midfield in second half.

TOMMY ROWE 5

As ineffective a performance as Rowe has delivered this season. Involved not nearly as much as usual in attacking terms.

JAMES COPPINGER 6

Showed some incredible individual skill to make things happen for Rovers but also gave the ball away on numerous occasions.

JOHN MARQUIS 5

A shadow of the lethal striker on show for much of the season. Struggled for openings and tried too hard to find them

ANDY WILLIAMS 6

Showed good reactions to take his goal but struggled for much more and had difficulty imposing himself on the game.

SUBS USED

CONOR GRANT 5

Replaced McCullough and had very little impact on the game until Rovers were chasing it.

AARON TAYLOR-SINCLAIR 5

Sent on to add height in place of Coppinger but made little contribution in a left wing role.

GARY MCSHEFFREY

Did little following his introduction but did at least try to get into advanced positions as Rovers chased the game.

SUBS NOT USED

Marko Marosi, Paul Keegan, Liam Mandeville, Alfie May

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Trevor Carson 6, Liam Donnelly 7, Brad Walker 7, Scott Harrison 7, Carl Magnay 6, Nicky Featherstone 6 (Devante Rodney 67 8), Michael Woods 6 (Nicky Deverdics 59 6), Lewis Hawkins 6, Lewis Alessandra 7, Padraig Amond 7, Rhys Oates 6 (Connor Simpson 72 6). Subs not used: Joe Fryer, Jordan Richards, Connor Smith, Louis Rooney.

REFEREE

Mark Brown 6

ATTENDANCE

6,799 (976 away)

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