Yeovil produced their poorest performance of the season as they went down by two goals to nil at a blowy Huish Park this afternoon.
A goal in each half from Gary Liddle and Andy Monkhouse condemned the Glovers to their third successive defeat after a unusually lacklustre, lethargic display.
Boss Terry Skiverton was forced into two changes this afternoon after last week's derby defeat to Bristol Rovers. Cameron Stewart and Jean-Paul Kalala pulled out through injury and suspension respectively and were replaced by the returning Dean Bowditch and Rob Kiernan (pictured) , in for his first Glovers start.
Pools were first out of the blocks and Evan Horwood curled a free kick wide inside two minutes after Adam Virgo was penalised for fouling James Brown. Anthony Sweeney then headed wide from a cross from the right flank which keeper John Sullivan watched safely over.
Good work down the right flank from Sam and and Andy Williams created a half chance for Bowditch but he flicked his header wide of the near post.
Pools were looking by far the more dangerous going forward yet had nothing to show from three corners and an Evan Horwood free kick that curled well over.
Yeovil were looking sluggish and failing to create anything while the chance count continued to tot up for the visitors. Adam Boyd's shot on the turn took a deflection off Virgo's boot and looped towards goal but a desperate last ditch clearance from Paul Huntington saved the Glovers.
Paul Murray was next to have an attempt on goal but Sullivan gathered his shot easily before finally the threatened breakthrough came. Horwood, architect of many of Pools' set pieces, curled a corner over and Gary Liddle headed through a crowd of bodies for the opener.
Still the flat atmosphere and flatter display failed to improve and Boyd headed at Sullivan as the half closed.
Sam Williams nearly levelled early in the second half and hurt himself attempting to get on the end of a Nathan Jones free kick while at the other end, Joe Gamble's fierce shot was always rising too quickly to spook Sullivan in the Yeovil goal.
Eight minutes in, it was two to the visitors when Andy Monkhouse thumped a low shot past the despairing dive of Sullivan who was helpless to stop it. It was probably just dessert for the Pools side who had been tidy and creative all game long.
Skiverton made two changes within the first twenty minutes replacing Jones with Nathan Smith and Luke Freeman with Andy Welsh and the latter change had a brief sparking effect on the game. Bowditch's left foot shot came off the heel of a Pools defender and rolled agonisingly wide of the goalpost and Sam Williams teed himself up with an acrobatic bicycle kick which didn't trouble ex-Yeovil loan keeper Scott Flinders.
Acting manager Mick Wadsworth made two swaps of his own as Yeovil created slightly more in front of the Pools defence but aside from a couple of shots from Bowditch, a header from Virgo and a sliced effort from the third Yeovil sub Ed Upson, on for Kiernan, the Town had nothing that could be described as a clear chance.
Oldham away is the next fixture in seven days time and the manager will be looking to ensure today's display is a one-off and a return to the quick tempo football of previous games is secured.