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The Victoria Ground (ATT 4,126) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Pompey stop the rot at Pools

Last Updated: 30/11/13 6:22pm

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Jed Wallace: Struck the post

Jed Wallace: Struck the post

Portsmouth ended a run of five defeats in a row with a hard-earned 0-0 draw with Hartlepool at Victoria Park.

Managerless Pompey, who are drawing up a shortlist to replace Guy Whittingham, dug deep to frustrate a Pools team who have lost further ground on the League Two play-off places.

Portsmouth could easily have won at Victoria Park under caretaker boss Andy Awford, but can take heart from a point claimed in front of more than 500 travelling fans in the north east.

There were a couple of opportunities in the first half for both teams and Portsmouth went closest after quarter of an hour when Jed Wallace's shot was turned against the post by goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

The visitors also had a decent chance after half-time when Flinders was equal to a hooked shot from defender Sonny Bradley which was heading for the top corner.

Hartlepool had their moments but none really posed former Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson a serious problem until he stopped a low 20-yard drive from in-form Luke James.

And then Matty Dolan's long range drive in the closing stages also had to be turned over by Carson, but Portsmouth survived.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 15 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
7 Newport County AFC 15 23
8 Morecambe 14 23
9 Southend United 15 22
10 Cheltenham Town 15 22
11 Cambridge United 15 21
12 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
13 Portsmouth 15 20
14 Stevenage 15 20
15 Accrington Stanley 15 20
16 Exeter City 14 19
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11