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Withdean Stadium (ATT 5,694) 31st October 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Miller

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Brighton 3

L Dickinson (27)
N Forster (39, 48)

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Hartlepool 3

A Boyd (6)
A Monkhouse (43)
R Jones (45+2)

Seagulls hold Pools

Six goal thriller at Withdean

Last Updated: 03/11/09 10:28pm

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Forster: Hit brace

Forster: Hit brace

A Nicky Forster brace helped Brighton comeback to earn a draw in a six goal thriller against Hartlepool.

Adam Boyd gave Pools an early lead in the sixth minute with a shot on the turn but Liam Dickinson levelled with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area after 27 minutes.

Veteran frontman Forster then put Brighton ahead from close range six minutes before the break but poor defending allowed Andy Monkhouse to make it 2-2 after 43 minutes.

It got worse for the Seagulls in first half stoppage time when Richie Jones struck after being set up by substitute Colin Larkin.

But Forster took his season's tally to nine three minutes into the second half when he converted Elliott Bennett's cross.

Both sides then had chances to take maximum points, with Brighton keeper Graeme Smith saving from Denis Behan before Bennett hit a left foot drive inches wide.

Boyd then found himself in a good position late on but mis-hit his shot with only Smith to beat.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40

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