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