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Hartlepool knocked out of FA Cup following 4-0 loss against Port Vale

Hartlepool manager Craig Hignett Credit: PA Images

Hartlepool United exited the FA Cup after suffering a 4-0 away defeat to Port Vale.

Hartlepool were knocked out of the competition in the second round after a disappointing display at Vale Park.

Pools were down 3-0 in the first 30 minutes and saw manager Craig Hignett sent to the stands by the end of the first half. The rout was complete in the second half after a penalty was scored by former Newcastle United midfielder Ryan Taylor.

Following Hartlepool's FA Cup departure, they can now concentrate back on the League where they face Cambridge United next at home.

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'No pressure' on Hartlepool in League Cup clash

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett says there's 'no pressure' on his team going into tonight's League Cup clash with Preston North End.

Pools face an away trip to the Championship side in the First Round of the EFL Cup.

With the League Two club classed as the underdogs, Hignett believes the pressure will be on the hosts at Deepdale. He told ITV News:

I don't think anyone expects us to go there and win the game, except me.

– Craig Hignett

Star Wars fan Hignett looks forward to seeing Hartlepool 'Stormtroopers'

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett is looking forward to seeing the 'Stormtroopers' at the club's final game of the season at Plymouth Argyle.

It's a tradition among Hartlepool fans to wear fancy dress at their team's last away match of each campaign. This year more than 200 supporters will be dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies.

Hignett, who is a self-confessed Star Wars fan, said he can't wait for Saturday's trip to Home Park.

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