Pools maintain their fine form

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LEAGUE One Hartlepool’s excellent start to the season continued with a 2-1 victory on their long trip to the south coast to face Bournemouth.

Steven Gregory had given the Cherries a first-half lead, before Nolberto Solano levelled and Evan Horwood’s fine late goal secured three points.

Bury enjoyed a goalless draw against promotion-chasing MK Dons, while Anthony Wordsworth’s penalty gave Colchester a 1-0 win against Walsall.

Carlisle won by the same result against Stevenage thanks to Peter Murphy’s effort, while Leyton Orient clawed back a surprise 2-2 draw at Huddersfield.

Alan Lee and Jack Hunt gave the Terriers a two-goal lead, before seeing Jamie McCombe sent off in the 83rd minute.

Kevin Lisbie pulled one back moments later before Ben Chorley netted the equaliser in stoppage time.

Lee Hughes and Sam Sodje scored in Notts County’s 2-0 defeat of Rochdale, while Myles Weston and Jonathan Douglas netted as Brentford won 2-0 at Oldham. Preston recovered from their midweek defeat to Southampton by beating Tranmere 2-1 at Deepdale. On-loan Jose Baxter looked to have secured the visitors a point after Graham Alexander had broken the deadlock, but Danny Mayor scored the winner just before Paul Parry saw red.

In the Premier, QPR manager Neil Warnock questioned the performance of referee Michael Oliver after his side rescued a point with a 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa. The Hoops looked destined for defeat until Richard Dunne put through his own goal.

There had been controversy before that with Villa taking the lead through Barry Bannan from the spot after Armand Traore was adjudged to have pulled Gabriel Agbonlahor’s shirt. Traore was booked - something Warnock disagreed with - and was then sent off for a second incident. Warnock was angry at Oliver’s decision to award the initial penalty and his failure to award two spot-kicks to his side for ‘handballs’ by Alan Hutton.

He said: “That’s the character and spirit that got us promoted. We’re all disappointed at the decisions, but we responded in the right way. There could have been a couple of Villa players sent off. Traore was a bit thick and naive, but we don’t make a meal of it, we don’t try and con the referee or anything. Villa players stayed on the pitch, (James) Collins and the number 10 w(Charles N`Zogbia), should have been booked twice. It’s disappointing to be talking about referees...there’s nothing to referee in that game. Not one Villa supporter appeals for a penalty. Referees should be seen and not heard.”