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Devonshire hails fine team display as Maidenhead United chalk up victory over Hartlepool United

Alan Devonshire praised a fine team display but accepted Dave Tarpey would take the plaudits after the striker netted twice in this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Hartlepool United. 

Craig Harrison’s Pools side looked out of sorts on their long trip down to Berkshire and were deservedly beaten thanks to two well-taken strikes from Tarpey.

He netted his first in the 40th minute, racing onto a flick from Sean Marks to steer the ball into the bottom corner of Scott Loach’s goal.

He then buried his second in the 58th minute after intercepting a loose pass from Louis Laing. 

Padraig Amond gave the Pools a lifeline when he steered home an 85th minute penalty after James Comley had hacked down substitute Nicky Deverdics.

But the Magpies held on for their first National League win, something their more illustrious opponents are still waiting for.

Magpies manager Alan Devonshire said: “I thought we played really well, I thought we dominated.

“We’ve given them a lifeline with the penalty but, listen, we’ve won, and we deserved what we got. 

“Tarps will take all the plaudits for his two goals but it was a good team performance.”

Harrison reflected: “We have the players who know this standard of football. When you go behind you don’t give yourself a base to work from. You’re giving yourself a hell of a lot of work to do when you go behind.

“I wasn’t surprised at all (by Maidenhead). We should have done better, but Maidenhead were Maidenhead and we just weren’t good enough.” 

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