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.
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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."
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