Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 1.
Alan Sheehan's sublime free-kick earned Luton a draw at 10-man Hartlepool and moved the Hatters up to second in League Two.
The veteran defender curled home against Hartlepool, who saw Nicky Featherstone given a 55th-minute red card, to cancel out birthday boy Nathan Thomas' first-half opener for the hosts.
Luton enjoyed a bright start as Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu twice went close to opening the scoring.
But Pools grew into the contest and netted on the stroke of half-time when Thomas tapped into an empty net after Christian Walton parried Lewis Hawkins' effort into his path.
Craig Hignett's men almost doubled their advantage as Padraig Amond rattled the woodwork, and their frustration was only compounded by Featherstone being shown a straight red card for a lunge on Olly Lee.
The buoyed Hatters pressed forward, with Jack Marriott volleying over from close range before Toto Nsiala brilliantly deflected Mpanzu's effort onto the woodwork.
A leveller came when Sheehan expertly found the top corner from 20 yards, with Luton frustrated not to take all three points as Jack Marriott blazed a glorious chance over in stoppage time.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 4FeatherstoneBooked at 55mins
- 15AlessandraSubstituted forDeverdicsat 73'minutes
- 9AmondSubstituted forHeardmanat 84'minutes
- 7ThomasSubstituted forFewsterat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 39FamewoBooked at 67mins
- 7GraySubstituted forVassellat 65'minutes
- 15GillieadBooked at 59minsSubstituted forCookat 79'minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 1.
Bradley Fewster (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bradley Fewster (Hartlepool United).
Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Olly Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Nicky Deverdics.
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.
Foul by Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United).
Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Bradley Fewster replaces Nathan Thomas.
Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt blocked. Isaac Vassell (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tom Heardman replaces Padraig Amond.
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Luton Town. Jordan Cook replaces Alex Gilliead.