November 24, 2012
Wait continues for Saddlers and Pools
Struggling League One sides 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 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.
|32 Aaron McCarey||1 Scott Flinders|
|5 Dean Holden||5 Sam Collins|
|4 Andy Butler||6 Evan Horwood|
|26 Andy Taylor||29 Peter Hartley|
|2 Richard Taundry||11 Andy Monkhouse|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||3 Ritchie Humphreys|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||20 Paul Murray|
|27 Sam Mantom||15 Antony Sweeney|
|10 Jamie Paterson||7 Jonathan Franks|
|12 Febian Brandy||19 Jordan Richards|
|9 William Grigg||39 Steve Howard|
|1 David Grof||Mark Foden 32|
|25 James Chambers||Darren Holden 22|
|22 Paul Downing||Jack Baldwin 18|
|7 Adam Chambers||Nathan Luscombe 14|
|24 James Baxendale||James Poole 10|
|29 Craig Westcarr||Ryan Noble 35|
|17 George Bowerman||Charlie Wyke 36|
|Craig Westcarr for Ashley Hemmings (46)||Ryan Noble for Paul Murray (52)|
|George Bowerman for William Grigg (77)||James Poole for Jonathan Franks (81)|
|Aaron McCarey (27)||Jordan Richards (68)|
|Richard Taundry (90)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Hartlepool United|