Hartlepool vs. Tranmere: Three Stand Out stars at Victoria Park

A well deserved draw for the Super White Army, who came from behind thanks to a Jay McEveley header midway through the second half – but does the defender feature in our three top stars article?

Scott Davies: The goalkeeper was the man of the match for the away-side and without his heroics it could have been a night to forget for The Rovers.

Scott Davies Save

Scott Davies bravely collects the ball amid the packed penalty area. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) ©Shutter Press

The no.1 kept out an early effort from Nicky Deverdics, as Tranmere’s back four fell asleep but thankfully the man between the sticks was wide awake.

Despite conceding, just 15 minutes into the first half – Davies shook off as the man who had been threatening to score all game for Hartlepool curled in a free-kick into the bottom corner.

In the 80th minute, the shot-stopper truly demonstrated his value as a goal-line scramble took place but with his confidence as high as ever, the 30-year-old was able to hold back the home attack.

Jay McEveley

Jay McEveley scored the equalising goal for Tranmere Rovers against Hartlepool (Credit: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) ©Shutter Press


Jay McEveley: A half-time addition to the match at Victoria Park but his contributions could not be understated as the defender scored the goal to salvage a point for The Rovers.

The former Blackburn Rovers man, fired a bullet header from a corner past Scott Roach  who could only watch the ball fly past him, with the goal firing up the away-side for more attack.

McEveley remained calm on the ball and brought a sense of harmony to Micky Mellon’s side with the man he replaced, Steve McNulty, not having the best of nights away from home.

The midfielder-turned-defender seems to have returned to the good books of the Super White Army, having failed to provide assurances in recent games, but an important goal is the right step forward.


Nicky Deverdics: A man that Davies worked so hard to keep off the score sheet, struck a sweet free-kick on the 57th minute, but his side failed to capitalize on the advantage.

Deverdics celebration

during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Tranmere Rovers at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Tuesday 24th October 2017. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) ©Shutter Press

The midfielder scored his only goal of the season against Tranmere, but with his persistent attack you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Showing his eye-for-goal in the opening 15′ minutes, Deverdics threatened to cause disruption to The Rovers’ defence that looked in a state of disarray.

Despite his tally only being restricted to one, this does not flatter the midfielder who seemed to have let Mellon’s men off easy.


Tranmere face Halifax Town this Saturday at Prenton Park – Check out @TranmereTalk for exclusive content and updates.

 

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