HARTLEPOOL 0 POMPEY 0: Blues' progress comes in many forms
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Saturday 30 Nov 2013 17:11:00
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For the second time in 2013, Pompey were relatively happy at Hartlepool with a 0-0 draw. As last season, the stalemate ended a losing run - and as last season, the Blues will hope it is a small sign of better things to come.


The draw didn't do a lot for Pompey's position in League Two - they're now 17th with 21 points - but holding a team who had won their past five home matches should have done a fair bit for the Blues' confidence, especially defensively, and gives them foudations from which to build when they host Wycombe on Wednesday night.

Andy Awford recalled Ryan Bird - who played as a lone striker - and Ricky Holmes but David Connollywas only on the bench and Tom Craddock was out with a knee injury.

The first decent chance fell to the home side but Trevor Carson saved from James Poole. At the other end, Johnny Ertl had a goalbound volley blocked by a defender's leg.

It was a fairly open game and one of Pompey's better chances came when Andy Barcham crossed well for Bird but defender Jack Baldwin cleared the danger.

Jed Wallace's low long-range shot hit the inside of the post and ran along the goal-line before it was hacked away.

Scott Flinders in the home goal didn't have too much of the action but did well to keep out a well-hit shot by the lively Bird.

Andy Monkhouse and Simon Walton both threatened Carson's goal before the break.

In the second half, Barcham saw a drive deflected wide, while Sonny Bradley hit one straight at the keeper from the corner.

Pool full-back Michael Duckworth showed his forwards how it was done by surging forward for a shot that Carson had to be alert to keep out.

Barcham looked the most likely to break the deadlock for Pompey but nothing he tried quite came off. The best of the late chances went to Hartlepool, most notably Matty Dolan’s cleanly-hit strike which he had to tip over.

Pompey: Carson; Devera, Whatmough, Bradley, Potts; Ertl, Cooper; Barcham (East 85), Wallace (Connolly 90+3), Holmes; Bird. Subs not used: Sullivan, N’Gala, Painter, Padovani, Maloney.

Referee: Paul Tierney

Att: 4,126 (571 Pompey fans)

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