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Hartlepool United 0-0 Portsmouth

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.

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Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

Andy Awford

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Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd199731534
2Chesterfield189631133
3Southend191036833
4Scunthorpe19964533
5Rochdale191036333
6Burton191036333
7Fleetwood191027832
8Dag & Red19865530
9Morecambe19856-129
10Newport18774528
11Exeter19757-126
12Wimbledon19757-126
13Hartlepool19748125
14Cheltenham19586-523
15Plymouth19658-523
16Wycombe18648-222
17Portsmouth18567-521
18Mansfield19568-521
19Accrington19559-620
20Bury19478-319
21York19478-419
22Bristol Rovers19478-419
23Northampton194510-917
24Torquay193610-1315
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