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Bescot Stadium (ATT 4,562) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: I Williamson

Walsall Walsall vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Walsall 1

D Holden (49)

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Hartlepool 1

E Horwood (pen 29)

Saddlers share spoils with Pool

Last Updated: 24/11/12 6:30pm

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Horwood: Opened the scoring

Horwood: Opened the scoring

Strugglers Walsall and Hartlepool had to settle for what looked an inevitable draw after a 1-1 stalemate at the Banks's Stadium.

A point apiece means Walsall extend their winless run to 14 games while Hartlepool stretch their sequence without victory to 19 matches - one short of equalling an unwanted club record.

The Pools grabbed the lead against the run of play in Saturday's League One encounter when a poor back-pass from Ashley Hemmings put home goalkeeper Aaron McCarey in trouble and he tripped Steve Howard, Evan Horwood drilling home the resulting penalty after 27 minutes.

For all their pressure, Walsall could not find a way through the visitors' defence until four minutes into the second half when Will Grigg's drive was blocked following a corner and defender Dean Holden struck home the rebound.

The Saddlers had most of the play after as the lively Jamie Paterson fired over, substitute George Bowerman hammered a drive across the face of goal and Febian Brandy shot wide.

It was, however, Hartlepool's first point in the three games since new manager John Hughes took charge.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30