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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:

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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."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 2Austin
  • 8Walton
  • 6Baldwin
  • 35Burgess
  • 14ComptonSubstituted forFranksat 66'minutes
  • 4DolanBooked at 90mins
  • 33James
  • 10PooleSubstituted forSweeneyat 78'minutes
  • 11Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 7Franks
  • 13Rafferty
  • 15Sweeney
  • 19Richards
  • 23Rodney
  • 38Walker

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 5Devera
  • 33Potts
  • 13Ertl
  • 36Whatmough
  • 6Bradley
  • 35WallaceSubstituted forConnollyat 90+3'minutes
  • 20Cooper
  • 18BirdBooked at 88mins
  • 11Holmes
  • 7BarchamSubstituted forEastat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3N'Gala
  • 4East
  • 8Padovani
  • 9Connolly
  • 14Painter
  • 25Sullivan
  • 30Maloney
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
4,126

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.
Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).
Danny East (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Jed Wallace.

Booking

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Joe Devera.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).
Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny East replaces Andy Barcham.
Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).
Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces James Poole.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by James Poole.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christian Burgess.
Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).
Attempt saved. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Compton.
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).
Attempt saved. Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt blocked. Joe Devera (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christian Burgess.
Attempt missed. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
goal

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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