vs. Brentford
All matches in 2004/05

Match Details

Saturday, 12th February 2005
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
2004/05 FA Cup
Fourth Round Replay
Rankin 48' 
Attendance: 7580 (829 Brentford fans)
Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Substitution: Steven Istead for Joel Porter Substitution: Eifion Williams for Mark Tinkler Red card: Jack Ross GOAL: Isaiah Rankin (0-1) Missed penalty: Stephen Hunt Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off Substitution: Steven Istead for Joel Porter Substitution: Eifion Williams for Mark Tinkler Red card: Jack Ross GOAL: Isaiah Rankin (0-1) Missed penalty: Stephen Hunt Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

Pools missed out on the chance of a first-ever appearance in the FA Cup fifth round, and a money-spinning trip to Premiership Southampton when they lost at Victoria Park for the first time in ten months.

The game got off to a terrible start after just eight minutes when Jack Ross tripped Stephen Hunt in the area when the Brentford player was through on goal. The full back was sent off, leaving Pools to play nearly the whole game with ten men. The dismissal looked a harsh decision and was proved so when a three man panel rescinded Ross`s red card three days later! Dimitrios Konstantopoulos dived full length to his right to keep out Hunt`s spot-kick, but Pools were now on the back foot. Pools were dealt a further blow when Mark Tinkler went off injured after just half an hour. With a strong wind at their backs, Brentford dominated the opening 45 minutes, but the reshuffled defence, with Westwood at right back and Ben Clark at centre half, held out until half-time. The closest the Bees came to scoring was a dipping shot from Isaiah Rankin which hit the bar, while Joel Porter put Pools`s best chance just wide.

With the second half just three minutes old, Brentford broke the deadlock. A Talbot corner from the left found its way to RANKIN and the striker headed in unmarked to atone for his glaring miss in the first game at Griffin Park. For the remainder of the game the ten men of Pools battled manfully for an equaliser but for all of their pressure they failed to carve out many clear chances. Chris Westwood missed the best opportunity when he put a free header wide. At the other end, substitute Ben May came closest to adding to the lead, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

All in all, Brentford had the better of an untidy game. In windy conditions both teams played a direct style and there were few fluent moves. But Brentford used their man advantage well and, over the two games, thoroughly deserved to win the tie.


Manager: Neale Cooper
9010000901-1 flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos
902010081-1 flag flag00212Jack Ross-8
9030000901-1 flag flag0023Hugh Robertson
9040000901-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
9060000901-1 flag flag00117Ben Clark
9070000311-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler-31
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9090000891-1 flag flag00614Joel Porter-89
90100000901-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd
90110000901-1 flag flag00115Antony Sweeney
9012000000-1 flag flag0012Micky Barron
9013000000-1 flag flag00211Gavin Strachan
901400031901-1 flag flag0039Eifion Williams+31
901500089901-1 flag flag00120Steven Istead+89
9016000000-1 flag flag0011Jim Provett
Manager: Martin Allen
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Stuart Nelson
9020010901-1 flag flag0012Michael Dobson
9030000901-1 flag flag0013Michael Turner
9040010901-1 flag flag0224Sam Sodje
9050000901-1 flag flag0015John Salako
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Chris Hargreaves
9070010901-1 flag flag0047Stephen Hunt
9080010901-1 flag flag0018Stewart Talbot
9091000901-1 flag flag0019Isaiah Rankin
90100000901-1 flag flag01910Deon Burton
90110000901-1 flag flag00111Eddie Hutchinson
90120000901-1 flag flag00412Jay Tabb
90130000901-1 flag flag00113Ben May
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
1050240     1  flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos26y 75d00
2051243     1  flag flag00212Jack Ross28y 252d00
3040371     1  flag flag0023Hugh Robertson29y 330d06
401402727     1  flag flag0016Chris Westwood27y 365d29
5080813     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson24y 321d04
6051133     1  flag flag00117Ben Clark22y 19d00
701102093     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler30y 111d135
801201895     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys27y 74d122
90615314     1  flag flag00614Joel Porter26y 49d215
100627750     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd22y 263d346
11060507     1  flag flag00115Antony Sweeney21y 160d013
1407112514     1  flag flag0039Eifion Williams29y 89d140
15008261     1  flag flag00120Steven Istead18y 295d02
Average age of starting eleven = 26y 51d


  • Jack Ross's straight red card was rescinded on appeal. It had been awarded for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity following a trip on Stephen Hunt.