Doncaster 0 – 1 Hartlepool
Dan Dodds’ late strike gave Hartlepool just a second victory in seven Sky Bet League Two games as they triumphed 1-0 at Doncaster.
The hosts made the most of attacking play throughout but struggled to break down Pools, who showed only a glimpse of the attacking threat before Dodds’ fine strike in the 88th minute.
Hartlepool boss Keith Curle named three of the five deadline signings in his starting XI, which contained eight of their 11 total January newcomers.
Midfielder Harrison Biggins was Rovers’ main goal threat, with multiple chances in both halves. He hooked a shot wide from 15 yards and curled a narrow header over the bar in quick succession as Kyle Hurst saw an effort blocked after good build-up play.
Doncaster’s best chance saw Caolan Lavery shoot straight at Pools keeper Jakub Stolarczyk after he was slid by George Miller after the break.
The breakthrough in the game came after 88 minutes when Dodds was sent down the right before firing a shot at the far post.