Walsall 0-0 Hartlepool

Walsall extended their unbeaten run to six games and secured a point in their bid to avoid relegation in a goalless draw against Hartlepool.

Pools skipper Sam Collins was injured in the warm-up, while Walsall lost defender Olly Lancashire early on following a blow to the head.

Antony Sweeney saw his second-half effort saved by home keeper David Grof.

And Walsall should have won it late on when Sam Mantom, on loan from West Brom, squandered a point-blank chance.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 21 Grof
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 05 Lancashire (Smith - 24' )
  • 12 Beevers
  • 11 Hurst
  • 25 Cuvelier
  • 27 Mantom
  • 10 Macken (Chambers - 74' )
  • 16 Nicholls
  • 17 Bowerman (Grigg - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Walker
  • 06 Smith
  • 07 Chambers
  • 20 Jones
  • 09 Grigg

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin Booked
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 28 Rowbotham (Boyd - 79' )
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray Booked
  • 34 Hawkins (Brown - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 19 Richards
  • 07 Brown
  • 10 Boyd
Ref: Attwell
Att: 3,751

Match Stats

Shots

12 2

On target

5 2

Corners

2 6

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:55

Adam Chambers is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:29

Florent Cuvelier takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Murray.

90:00 +0:35

The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, blocked by Andy Monkhouse.

90:00 +0:28

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball, Evan Horwood gets a block in.

88:23

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood.

86:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Alex Nicholls. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

84:46

Lee Beevers produces a cross, save by Scott Flinders.

84:37

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by Paul Murray.

83:03

Lee Beevers delivers the ball, comfortable save by Scott Flinders.

82:51

Will Grigg produces a cross, Neil Austin gets a block in.

82:24

Evan Horwood produces a cross, save made by David Grof.

81:49

Centre by James Brown, Sam Mantom gets a block in.

80:47

Jack Baldwin takes a shot. Adam Chambers gets a block in.

80:01

Foul by Emmanuele Smith on Adam Boyd, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Neil Austin, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.

78:33 Substitution

Substitution Josh Rowbotham leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Boyd.

78:21

Mat Sadler has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

78:14

Will Grigg delivers the ball.

76:55

A cross is delivered by Lee Beevers, Scott Flinders makes a save.

75:05

Evan Horwood challenges Kevan Hurst unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Kevan Hurst, Header from deep inside the area by Will Grigg goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

74:17

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst, save by Scott Flinders.

73:29 Substitution

Substitution Adam Chambers is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Macken.

72:16

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst, Andy Butler has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

71:23

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kevan Hurst from right wing.

71:23 Booking

Booking Booking for Paul Murray for unsporting behaviour.

71:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Paul Murray.

70:09

Will Grigg takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

68:44

Neil Austin produces a cross, Florent Cuvelier manages to make a clearance.

68:30

Andy Monkhouse delivers the ball, blocked by Lee Beevers.

65:59

A cross is delivered by Mat Sadler, save by Scott Flinders.

64:56 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman leaves the field to be replaced by Will Grigg.

64:56

Ritchie Humphreys concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler. David Grof takes the free kick.

63:07

The referee blows for offside. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

62:27

Foul by Paul Murray on Jonathan Macken, free kick awarded. Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

62:05

Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

60:41

The ball is crossed by Ritchie Humphreys, clearance made by Andy Butler.

59:26

Andy Monkhouse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

57:22 Substitution

Substitution James Brown comes on in place of Lewis Hawkins.

57:07

Centre by Jonathan Macken.

56:42

George Bowerman delivers the ball, clearance by Evan Horwood.

53:22

Scott Flinders fouled by Jonathan Macken, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

53:04

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Peter Hartley gets a block in.

52:03

A cross is delivered by Lee Beevers, clearance made by Neil Austin.

51:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Andy Monkhouse. Lee Beevers takes the direct free kick.

50:11

Kevan Hurst produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

50:11 Booking

Booking Neil Austin is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

50:06

Neil Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Bowerman.

48:45

Ritchie Humphreys crosses the ball.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:00

Lee Beevers produces a cross, George Bowerman produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

45:00 +0:49

Mat Sadler delivers the ball.

45:00 +0:02

The ball is sent over by Kevan Hurst.

43:56

Jonathan Macken produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

43:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Andy Monkhouse. Lee Beevers takes the direct free kick.

41:28

Evan Horwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Beevers, save by Scott Flinders.

39:14

Corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin from the left by-line, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

38:28

The assistant referee signals for offside against George Bowerman. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

36:52

Andy Monkhouse produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Butler.

35:08

Foul by Jonathan Macken on Paul Murray, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

34:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys by Emmanuele Smith. Free kick crossed left-footed by Evan Horwood, clearance by Andy Butler.

33:32

Alex Nicholls produces a cross.

32:04

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Evan Horwood, clearance by Andy Butler.

31:30

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood played to the near post, clearance made by Andy Butler.

29:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Evan Horwood by Jonathan Macken. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

25:03

Jack Baldwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevan Hurst. Free kick crossed by Sam Mantom, save by Scott Flinders.

24:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Hawkins on Florent Cuvelier. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

23:13 Substitution

Substitution Emmanuele Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliver Lancashire.

22:11

Jonathan Macken takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

19:55

Foul by Andy Monkhouse on Oliver Lancashire, free kick awarded. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

18:31

Jonathan Macken takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

18:17

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball, clearance by Neil Austin.

16:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Macken on Paul Murray. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick.

15:25

The ball is sent over by George Bowerman.

14:47

George Bowerman produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

12:30

The referee blows for offside against Ritchie Humphreys. Sam Mantom takes the indirect free kick.

11:11

The ball is sent over by Neil Austin, Sam Mantom makes a clearance.

8:59

The ball is swung over by Lewis Hawkins, clearance by Oliver Lancashire.

7:52

Neil Austin takes the inswinging corner, David Grof makes a save.

7:41

The ball is sent over by Andy Monkhouse, blocked by Lee Beevers.

6:00

The referee blows for offside against Ritchie Humphreys. Oliver Lancashire takes the indirect free kick.

4:46

Jonathan Macken is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

3:49

The ball is crossed by Mat Sadler, Scott Flinders makes a clearance.

3:32

Corner from left by-line taken by Kevan Hurst.

3:22

George Bowerman produces a cross, blocked by Jack Baldwin.

1:32

The ball is delivered by Kevan Hurst, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

0:38

Corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin to the near post, Kevan Hurst makes a clearance.

0:27

Andy Monkhouse delivers the ball, blocked by Sam Mantom.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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