Hartlepool extended their unbeaten run under manager Neale Cooper to five games after playing out a dour goalless draw with Bournemouth.

Pools' Luke James, under the watching eye of a number of scouts, saw his header well saved by Darryl Flahavan.

The Cherries took control of the game but Wesley Thomas wasted the best chance of the afternoon when he blazed over from 10 yards out.

Visiting full-back Steve Cook also saw a header cleared off the line.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Lee Bradbury told BBC Radio Solent:

"It's a good clean sheet from us and we did a professional job today.

"We probably had the better chances in the game, one cleared off the line and a couple of half chances on the edge of the box.

"Donal McDermott works hard for the team as well and he's just getting used to the way we play a little bit.

"It's a little bit frustrating, we could have sneaked into the play-offs today if we had won."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin Booked
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 04 Liddle Booked
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray
  • 07 Brown Booked
  • 33 James Booked (Nish - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 09 Nish

Bournemouth

  • 23 Flahavan
  • 03 Cook
  • 18 Francis
  • 22 Malone (McDermott - 62' )
  • 40 Zubar
  • 07 Pugh
  • 11 Daniels
  • 15 Gregory
  • 16 MacDonald (Arter - 63' )
  • 09 Thomas (Fletcher - 82' )
  • 25 Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 30 Thomas
  • 19 Purches
  • 08 Arter
  • 32 McDermott
  • 33 Fletcher
Ref: Pawson
Att: 4,548

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

5 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

88:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by Steven Gregory. A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Peter Hartley takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

88:13

Unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Matthew Tubbs results in a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

85:20

Steve Cook takes the free kick.

85:20 Booking

Booking The referee shows Gary Liddle a yellow card.

85:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter by Gary Liddle.

83:40

Shot by Colin Nish from outside the box goes over the net.

82:59

The official flags Steve Cook offside. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

81:22 Substitution

Substitution Wesley Thomas goes off and Steve Fletcher comes on.

81:09

The referee blows for offside. Darryl Flahavan restarts play with the free kick.

80:21

Wesley Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Hartley. Neil Austin takes the indirect free kick.

79:45

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh, save by Scott Flinders.

78:07

Outswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood, Marc Pugh makes a clearance.

76:29

Marc Pugh delivers the ball, Andy Monkhouse manages to make a clearance.

74:15

Marc Pugh fouled by Neil Austin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Pugh from left wing, Scott Flinders makes a save.

73:25

Unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Donal McDermott results in a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

71:56

The offside flag is raised against Colin Nish. Simon Francis takes the indirect free kick.

69:10 Substitution

Substitution Colin Nish joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke James.

65:06

Corner taken by Marc Pugh from the left by-line, Neil Austin makes a clearance.

64:42

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

63:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke James on Harry Arter.

63:31

Steve Cook takes the free kick.

63:31 Booking

Booking Luke James receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

61:29 Substitution

Substitution Harry Arter replaces Shaun MacDonald.

61:29 Substitution

Substitution Scott Malone goes off and Donal McDermott comes on.

60:59

Wesley Thomas has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

57:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke James. Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.

55:46

Marc Pugh delivers the ball.

53:42

Simon Francis sends in a cross, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

52:46

Luke James is caught offside. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

50:06

Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.

50:06 Booking

Booking Neil Austin goes into the referee's book.

49:57

Neil Austin challenges Marc Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke James from the left by-line, clearance made by Steve Cook.

46:51

The referee blows for offside against Luke James. Indirect free kick taken by Darryl Flahavan.

45:42

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line. Andy Monkhouse crosses the ball, Luke James produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:28

Scott Malone takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

43:28

Foul by Stephane Zubar on Luke James, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.

41:49

Corner taken left-footed by Scott Malone from the right by-line, Steve Cook takes a shot. Neil Austin gets a block in.

41:41

Centre by Marc Pugh, clearance made by Paul Murray.

40:16

Floated corner taken right-footed by Marc Pugh from the left by-line, save by Scott Flinders.

38:40

Wesley Thomas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

37:18

Steven Gregory delivers the ball, Shot on goal by Wesley Thomas from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

34:47

The offside flag is raised against Matthew Tubbs. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

30:27

Luke James is ruled offside. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

29:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gregory on Antony Sweeney. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

28:15

Foul by Scott Malone on Evan Horwood, free kick awarded. Evan Horwood takes the indirect free kick.

25:41

James Brown takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

23:40

A cross is delivered by Gary Liddle, clearance made by Simon Francis.

20:45

Foul by Charlie Daniels on Neil Austin, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

20:05

Shaun MacDonald fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gregory takes the free kick.

18:43

Marc Pugh is penalised for a handball. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

17:05 Booking

Booking James Brown booked for unsporting behaviour.

17:03

Unfair challenge on Simon Francis by James Brown results in a free kick. Charlie Daniels takes the free kick, Header on goal by Steve Cook from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

16:36

Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Blocked by James Brown.

16:06

Gary Liddle produces a cross, Luke James takes a shot. Darryl Flahavan makes a save.

12:12

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels from the left by-line, save by Scott Flinders.

10:51

Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Darryl Flahavan makes a save.

8:12

The referee blows for offside. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

7:44

Neil Austin delivers the ball, clearance by Scott Malone.

6:58

Foul by Steve Cook on Luke James, free kick awarded. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

4:56

Matthew Tubbs produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

2:15

A cross is delivered by Paul Murray, save by Darryl Flahavan.

0:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke James, clearance by Shaun MacDonald.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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