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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 8 20
2 Peterborough United 8 16
3 Chesterfield 7 14
4 Milton Keynes Dons 7 13
5 Bradford City 8 13
6 Sheffield United 7 13
7 Swindon Town 7 12
8 Fleetwood Town 8 12
9 Coventry City 8 12
10 Gillingham 8 11
11 Rochdale 8 10
12 Preston North End 7 10
13 Oldham Athletic 8 10
14 Crawley Town 8 10
15 Barnsley 7 9
16 Notts County 7 9
17 Yeovil Town 8 9
18 Doncaster Rovers 7 8
19 Leyton Orient 7 7
20 Walsall 8 7
21 Scunthorpe United 8 7
22 Colchester United 8 5
23 Port Vale 8 5
24 Crewe Alexandra 7 4

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