Director of sport Chris Turner hailed the forward's performance, but insists he will not be rushed back into first-team contention.when it is right for his career - that is more important than one Saturday afternoon.
"We will make sure we don't push him too early and jeopardise the rest of the season. It is important he is used at the right time when he is ready. He does need games under his belt but we will drip feed them; we all need to be patient. We need to see how he reacts to those 25 minutes before we decide
"James did what he is best at and scored two quality goals but he is a long way off starting in the first team. We will only use James at the right time and what we do next."
Scunthorpe took the lead through Danny North, but after Ben May was shown a straight red card for an angry reaction to an aerial challenge with Leon McSweeney, Pools took control. Armann Bjornsson scored twice, with Hartlepool's other goals coming from Michael Mackay and Colin Larkin.