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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16