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The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,595) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Hartlepool 1

B Walker (69)

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Burton Alb 1

P Edwards (18)

Burton and Pools battle to draw

Last Updated: 21/12/13 7:22pm

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Brad Walker: Restored parity

Brad Walker: Restored parity

In-form Burton Albion made it seven games unbeaten as they ground out a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Gary Rowett's side were made to work for a point at Victoria Park as they head into Christmas in the top five in League Two.

Matty Palmer headed over from close range before the Brewers took the lead in the 18th minute.

Chris Hussey fed marauding right-back Phil Edwards and he turned confidently to volley under goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

The visitors should have been two-nil up five minutes later but Palmer screwed wide from a good position.

Albion were reliant on Edwards when he cleared a goalbound Andy Monkhouse effort off the goal-line before the break.

Dean Lyness preserved the lead when he saved well from Luke James before Monkhouse had a second effort hooked off the line, this time Ian Sharps performing heroics.

However, Pools deservedly levelled after 68 minutes. Substitute Brad Walker had been on the pitch for just two minutes when he curled home a confident first-time shot from 18 yards.

And James almost won it for Pools in the late stages, winning the ball on the touchline and racing into the area before shooting wide.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12