Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Hartlepool United 1.
Substitute Jake Jervis scored an 84th-minute penalty as League Two pace-setters Plymouth drew 1-1 at home to Hartlepool.
Pools boss Craig Hignett was sent to the stand by referee Gavin Ward for his protests following the award of the spot-kick for a foul on substitute Jimmy Spencer by Toto Nsiala.
Former Plymouth winger Nathan Thomas put Pools 1-0 up from a deceptive 21st-minute cross-shot from the left that looped over back-pedalling goalkeeper Luke McCormick and into the top corner.
Argyle had penalty appeals turned away by Ward in the 29th minute when Lewis Hawkins appeared to lead with his hand while diving to clear Graham Carey's cross.
Carey was then denied by a superb Trevor Carson save in the 42nd minute as the goalkeeper flung himself to tip over the play-maker's top corner-bound free-kick.
Spencer's header flew just wide of the far post in the 66th minute and Pools countered with skipper Nicky Featherstone's 20-yarder, which deflected inches wide.
Following Jervis' equaliser, Pools defender Scott Harrison was sent off for a second bookable offence in the first of six minutes of stoppage time but there was little time for Argyle to find a winner.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2MillerBooked at 68mins
- 4Songo'oSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
- 8SlewSubstituted forJervisat 45'minutes
- 27TannerSubstituted forSpencerat 59'minutes
- 33DonnellyBooked at 72mins
- 22NsialaBooked at 84mins
- 26HarrisonBooked at 90mins
- 18HawkinsSubstituted forRichardsat 90+4'minutes
- 9AmondSubstituted forPaynterat 81'minutesBooked at 82mins
- 7ThomasBooked at 41minsSubstituted forDeverdicsat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
- Gavin Ward
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Hartlepool United 1.
Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).
Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jordan Richards replaces Lewis Hawkins.
Second yellow card to Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).
Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle).
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United).
Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Nauris Bulvitis.
Foul by James Spencer (Plymouth Argyle).
Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
David Goodwillie (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).
Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Hartlepool United 1. Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.
Penalty Plymouth Argyle. James Spencer draws a foul in the penalty area.