Managerless Portsmouth ended a run of five defeats in a row with a hard-earned draw at Hartlepool.

Portsmouth went close early on when Jed Wallace's shot was turned against the post by goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Flinders was also equal to a hooked shot from defender Sonny Bradley which was heading for the top corner.

Pools had their moments but did not really pose Pompey keeper Trevor Carson a serious problem until he saved a low 20-yard drive from in-form Luke James.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"I asked for a bit more resilience and a bit more character and a bit more of a base to work from in the week and I can't fault them for that; they were superb, they stuck together and saw that game out well and I was pleased - good point.

"People who know me know that (clean sheets) are what I base the teams off. If you can't win you don't lose, it's as simple as that.

"It stopped the rot last year (goalless draw at Hartlepool ended run of defeats) and it stopped the rot this year. I think we hung on a bit more last year than we did this year, we defended very resolutely today. I have to say first half as well I felt we had enough opportunities to have won the game, I thought we were better first half with the ball."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 02 Austin
  • 08 Walton
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 35 Burgess
  • 14 Compton (Franks - 66' )
  • 04 Dolan Booked
  • 33 James
  • 10 Poole (Sweeney - 78' )
  • 11 Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 05 Collins
  • 07 Franks
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
  • 23 Rodney
  • 38 Walker

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 05 Devera
  • 33 Potts
  • 13 Ertl
  • 36 Whatmough
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace (Connolly - 93' )
  • 20 Cooper
  • 18 Bird Booked
  • 11 Holmes
  • 07 Barcham (East - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 N'Gala
  • 04 East
  • 08 Padovani
  • 09 Connolly
  • 14 Painter
  • 25 Sullivan
  • 30 Maloney
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 4,126

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

6 4

Corners

7 6

Fouls

6 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +3:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +3:00

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +3:00

Danny East (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Jed Wallace.

90:00 +1:31 Booking

Booking Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +1:27

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:22

Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

88:54

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

88:38

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

88:26

Attempt saved. Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

87:48 Booking

Booking Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

87:45

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:45

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

86:05

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:05

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

84:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny East replaces Andy Barcham.

83:50

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:50

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

81:23

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:19

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:19

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces James Poole.

75:59

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by James Poole.

75:01

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

72:49

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:49

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

71:19

Attempt saved. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:05

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

66:05

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Compton.

65:31

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:31

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

62:47

Attempt saved. Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:49

Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

60:08

Attempt blocked. Joe Devera (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:20

Attempt saved. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:57

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

50:32

Attempt missed. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:45

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

46:45

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +0:59

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Simon Walton.

44:40

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

44:04

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

44:04

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:06

Attempt saved. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:49

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Shaun Cooper.

40:27

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

39:42

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:42

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

34:31

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:31

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

34:12

Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:18

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:18

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

29:57

Attempt saved. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:19

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

29:19

Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:00

Attempt saved. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

25:19

Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

24:31

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:31

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

20:54

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

20:30

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

18:48

Attempt missed. Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

17:03

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:03

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

14:10

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

8:12

Attempt missed. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

7:46

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

5:57

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

5:30

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Daniel Potts.

3:56

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

3:56

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:35

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Simon Walton.

2:00

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:14

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:14

Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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