James Poole scored on his return to the Hartlepool side but MK Dons hit back to secure a draw.

Luke Chadwick struck the woodwork for the visitors early on, only for Poole, who missed two months with a hamstring injury, to head in the opener.

Jay O'Shea nodded the leveller after the break from Shaun Williams's cross.

Chadwick hit the post again after the equaliser, but the game petered out with neither side looking likely to grab a winner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hartlepool United first-team coach Neale Cooper told BBC Tees:

"It was a very hard-working point against a very good side. i'd been told about them prior to today and they didn't disappoint.

"I think they're one of the best teams we've had to play since I came back, all over the pitch.

"We had to hang on at the end, having gone down to 10 men due to me using all the substitutions, and were very much under the cosh but we dug in deep today."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys (Baldwin - 62' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray
  • 07 Brown (Boyd - 73' )
  • 08 Poole (Adjei - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 10 Boyd
  • 17 Adjei

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Tavernier
  • 03 Lewington
  • 04 Doumbe
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith Booked
  • 13 Williams
  • 17 Powell (Slane - 84' )
  • 23 O'Shea
  • 26 Chadwick Booked (Williams - 70' )
  • 19 Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 14 Slane
  • 35 Williams
Ref: Haines
Att: 4,955

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

3 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:44 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:40

Evan Horwood takes the inswinging corner, save by David Martin.

90:00 +2:31

Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Alan Smith.

90:00 +1:06

James Tavernier produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

90:00 +0:28

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shaun Williams.

89:29

Adam Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathias Doumbe. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

88:54

Neil Austin delivers the ball, Shot by Andy Monkhouse from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

88:13

Tom Flanagan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

87:40

Jack Baldwin sends in a cross, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

86:24

Jabo Ibehre has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

85:35

Antony Sweeney sends in a cross, James Tavernier makes a clearance.

84:34

Sam Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Flanagan. David Martin takes the free kick.

84:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by Mathias Doumbe. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

83:08 Substitution

Substitution Paul Slane comes on in place of Daniel Powell.

77:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Flanagan by Adam Boyd. Dean Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

77:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Smith by Antony Sweeney. Shaun Williams takes the free kick.

75:49

Jabo Ibehre is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

75:37

James O'Shea produces a cross.

75:11

Foul by Sammy Adjei on Dean Lewington, free kick awarded. Dean Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

74:21

Shot by Antony Sweeney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

73:40

Neil Austin delivers the ball, clearance by Mathias Doumbe.

72:06 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd is brought on as a substitute for James Brown.

70:39

Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Williams. Free kick taken by David Martin.

70:18

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, Jabo Ibehre manages to make a clearance.

70:13

A cross is delivered by Sammy Adjei, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Luke Chadwick goes off and George Williams comes on.

68:04

Jack Baldwin sends in a cross, Dean Lewington makes a clearance.

67:18

Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

67:18 Booking

Booking Alan Smith is booked.

67:03

Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Baldwin.

63:42

James Brown has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

63:04

Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

63:04 Booking

Booking Luke Chadwick receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:53

Luke Chadwick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Murray.

62:27

Effort from outside the area by Luke Chadwick strikes the post.

62:12

Unfair challenge on Shaun Williams by Sammy Adjei results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Smith.

61:47

The referee penalises Neil Austin for handball. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Jack Baldwin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ritchie Humphreys.

59:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Murray on Alan Smith. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Shaun Williams from right channel, save by Scott Flinders.

58:26

Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood, Peter Hartley takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

55:43

Ritchie Humphreys gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Shea. Alan Smith takes the free kick.

54:00 Substitution

Substitution Sammy Adjei joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Poole.

50:43

Assist on the goal came from Shaun Williams.

50:43 Goal scored

Goal! - James O'Shea - Hartlepool 1 - 1 MK Dons James O'Shea finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hartlepool 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

49:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Poole on Shaun Williams. Mathias Doumbe takes the direct free kick.

48:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Poole on Mathias Doumbe. Free kick taken by David Martin.

46:53

Jabo Ibehre is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, Mathias Doumbe fouled by Peter Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. David Martin takes the direct free kick.

44:38

Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

44:11

Handball by Luke Chadwick. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

43:29

Luke Chadwick is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

41:50

Luke Chadwick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

41:20

The ball is swung over by Jabo Ibehre.

39:55

Assist by Andy Monkhouse.

39:55 Goal scored

Goal! - James Poole - Hartlepool 1 - 0 MK Dons James Poole finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hartlepool 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons.

39:51

The ball is swung over by Paul Murray,

38:21

Corner from right by-line taken by Shaun Williams.

34:42

James Tavernier delivers the ball, Scott Flinders makes a save.

33:04

Paul Murray sends in a cross.

31:50

Alan Smith produces a cross.

30:09

A cross is delivered by Antony Sweeney, Dean Lewington makes a clearance.

29:39

Centre by Antony Sweeney, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

27:57

Luke Chadwick takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Murray.

27:36

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shaun Williams, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

27:24

Centre by James Tavernier, Evan Horwood makes a clearance.

25:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Brown on Shaun Williams. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

24:14

Shaun Williams has a shot and went wide left of the goal.

21:00

Shot from outside the box by Luke Chadwick goes wide right of the target.

19:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Powell from the left by-line.

17:27

A cross is delivered by Jabo Ibehre, save by Scott Flinders.

13:15

Luke Chadwick takes a shot.

10:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Tom Flanagan. Direct free kick taken by James Brown.

8:51

The ball is sent over by Dean Lewington, save by Scott Flinders.

6:26

Shot by Paul Murray from outside the box goes over the net.

4:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Flanagan on James Brown. Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

3:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Lewington by Andy Monkhouse. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

2:32

Evan Horwood fouled by Daniel Powell, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

1:47

James Brown is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Martin.

1:16

A cross is delivered by Antony Sweeney, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

0:31

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

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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