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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 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30