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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 5,170) 13th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Tierney

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Walsall Walsall

Hartlepool 1

C Nish (5)
N Luscombe (S/O 43)

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Walsall 1

J Macken (pen 3)
A Butler (S/O 41)

Pool and Saddlers share spoils

Last Updated: 13/08/11 6:58pm

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Butler: Saw red

Butler: Saw red

Hartlepool and Walsall played out a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park after both were reduced to 10 men for more than half the game.

Pools' Nathan Luscombe and Andy Butler of Walsall were red-carded as both went in for a 50-50 ball.

The Saddlers took a third-minute lead, Jon Macken slotting in low from the penalty spot after Paul Murray was guilty of putting a high boot in on Will Grigg.

But it did not take Hartlepool long to level. From a long punt by goalkeeper Scott Flinders, opposite number Jimmy Walker was beaten by a wicked bounce and could only push the ball up in the air for striker Colin Nish to tap over the line.

But then came the controversy as referee Paul Tierney flashed the cards on 42 minutes.

Flinders save twice from Richard Taundry while Pools' beat chance came when substitute James Poole saw his shot kept out by Walker.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24