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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,541) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: M Naylor

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Brentford Brentford

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L James (25)

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M Trotta (39)

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Pools hold promotion-chasing Bees

Last Updated: 20/04/13 8:00pm

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Marcello Trotta: Levelled matters on the day

Marcello Trotta: Levelled matters on the day

Brentford will go into a final-day promotion decider with Doncaster after picking up a point in a 1-1 draw at already-relegated Hartlepool.

Rovers' 1-0 loss to Notts County means the Bees are two points shy of second-placed Rovers in League One's final automatic promotion spot before they meet at Griffin Park next Saturday.

And the Bees will see this as a missed opportunity against relegated Pools.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders had to be alert to get two hands to a rising shot from Jake Reeves to push it over, but Pools took the lead after 25 minutes.

Luke James took possession on the left side and sprayed the ball across the area for Jack Baldwin, when his goalbound shot was cleared by Kevin O'Connor the ball fell for James and he picked his spot to fire home.

However the Bees levelled after 39 minutes, Flinders made a flying save from a Jonathan Douglas header but Pools failed to clear and the ball was played into the feet of Marcello Trotta, who was able to turn in the area and convert.

The Bees did not create much in a flat second period, with their best chance coming in the 87th minute when substitute Tom Adeyemi broke into the area but Peter Hartley blocked his shot.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19