Hartlepool and Stevenage played out a dour goalless draw that will not live long in the memory.
Andy Monkhouse and Evan Horwood linked up well on the left, but Jack Baldwin's back-post header was well saved by Chris Day.
The visitors went close through Luke Freeman soon afterwards, but he could only head Laurie Wilson's cross over the bar.
Marc Laird was denied by Pools keeper Scott Flinders late on.
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