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Football: Pool are learning a tough lesson.

Byline: ARTHUR PICKERING

Nottingham Forest 2

Hartlepool Utd 1

DANNY Wilson is experienced enough as a player and a manager to know how cruel football can be, but just in case he needed a reminder, he got one at the City Ground, writes ARTHUR PICKERING.

Just as they did at Elland Road last month, Wilson's Hartlepool had gone to one of League One's fallen giants and shown that clubs like Forest and Leeds don't have a monopoly on good football at this level. And, again as at Leeds, they got nothing for it. Instead they were shown that it's no good being the better team if you don't score and Forest made them suffer with a late winner.

"Yes, football can be a cruel game sometimes," said Wilson. "We deserved more from that game. We had the chances and when that happens it's always disappointing to get nothing. One or two things need tweaking, but we'll get there. We knew Forest would play long, diagonal balls and for most of the game I thought we coped well."

Wilson sprung a shock when Danny Coles, signed last week on loan from Hull, was given his debut in place of Jamie McCunnie, arguably one of the most consistent Pool players this season.

The manager said: "We might have lost something from an attacking point of view leaving Jamie out, but I thought Danny did well. Our goal lifted us and we did well after that."

Junior Agogo did the damage for Forest, making their opener on 11 minutes when he headed down a deep cross for Kris Commons to bundle in. But Pool were level on 38 minutes when Ian Moore crossed and Richard Barker scored his second headed goal of the week.

Pool dominated the second half, but Moore and Barker missed chances. With seven minutes left Commons cut in from the left and when his shot was stopped by Jan Budtz, Agogo pounced on the rebound to score from a narrow angle. It was a cruel end for Pool in a week which has seen them take just one point from their last three games. Wilson and his players, though, have proved they can hold their own and after the 'tweaks' could do even more.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Wilson, Bennett, Cohen, Lennon, Clingan, Commons, Agogo, Tyson (Holt 65). Subs (not used): Breckin, Perch, Sinclair, Roberts. Goals: Commons 11, Agogo 83.

HARTLEPOOL: Budtz, Coles (McCunnie 77), Nelson, Antwi, Humphreys, Brown (Foley 82), Boland, Liddle, Monkhouse (Porter 86), Moore, Barker. Subs (not used): Clark, Robson.

Booked: Moore, Coles.

Goals: Barker 38.

Attendance: 17,520

Referee: Tony Bates ( Staffordshire).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2007
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