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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,148) 5th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Eltrigham

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Colchester United Colchester

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J Ibehre (S/O 44)

Pools denied by 10-man U's

Last Updated: 05/03/13 10:42pm

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Jabo Ibehre: Sent off

Jabo Ibehre: Sent off

Colchester's 10 men held on for a 0-0 draw at Hartlepool to dent the home side's hopes of staving off relegation from League One.

Pools needed to win at Victoria Park on Tuesday night to close the eight-point gap between the teams at the foot of the table.

But they were unable to find a breakthrough, despite the U's being reduced to ten men after 43 minutes when Jabo Ibehre was red-carded for a lunge on defender Neil Austin.

After James Poole hooked a sixth-minute volley wide, John Hughes's troops had all the possession without forcing a goal.

They spent the second period camped in the visitors' half, but a massed and organised defensive unit proved impregnable.

The closest Hartlepool came was after 70 minutes when Poole's dipping 20-yard volley hit the crossbar and, when the ball rebounded substitute Nathan Luscombe sent a diving header wide.

Charlie Wyke latched on to a teasing Evan Horwood cross, but Colchester keeper Sam Walker saved with his legs and, amid a frantic scramble, defender Bradley Garmston seemed to clear with his hand, but referee Geoff Eltringham waved play on.

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23 Colchester United 5 1
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