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Posted Sat 27 Oct 12 at 17:00 PM

Micky Barron's first game in temporary charge ended all-square after Pools twice came from behind to draw with Brentford at Griffin Park. 

Despite creating numerous chances in a fluid and attacking display, Barron's men had to rely on two own goals to help them secure a richly-deserved share of the spoils.

Pools started the game the brighter and were quickly on the front foot when Neil Austin's searching ball to the far post found the head of Steve Howard whose nod-down was just too far ahead of the on-rushing Antony Sweeney. 

However, their good early showing was disrupted when the hosts snatched the lead with a scruffy goal. Evan Horwood couldn't hold on to possession the halfway line and Bees full-back Shaleum Logan stormed to the right of the area and crossed for Jonathan Douglas whose shot was blocked but fell to Paul Hayes who stabbed home from close range. 

Moments later it could have been 2-0 when Harry Forrester's right wing corner was met sweetly on the volley by central defender Harlee Dean but Horwood was guarding the post and did well to head the ball away from the line. 

Rather than feel sorry for themselves, Pools responded positively and could have been level when Sweeney flicked on Scott Flinders' long clearance and Ryan Noble skipped in behind only to see his driven shot well blocked by the out-rushing keeper Simon Moore. 

The re-invigorated Sweeney then broke the offside trap down the right and pulled the ball back to Ritchie Humphreys whose shot on the slide flew wide as Pools pressed their claims for a leveller. 

And it arrived when Simon Walton found space in midfield and threaded a perfect ball through for Sweeney who scampered in to the left side of the box before aiming a cross in to the near post which deflected off the sliding Dean and skipped up over Moore and in to the net. 

It almost got better for Pools minutes later when Sweeney again sprung the offside trap down the right and swung a cross in to the near post where Noble headed it just wide of the front post. 

And Noble was then brilliantly denied by a reaction save from Moore when Austin's right wing cross fell to him twelve yards out where he met it with a sweet half volley only for the Bess keeper to parry it clear. 

The second period opened quietly but with the host enjoying more possession and they made it count when Logan lifted a ball in to the penalty area and Hayes climbed highest to nod home his second of the game and restore the Bees lead. 

Walton had to do good work defensively when Jake Bidwell stormed in to space on the left flank and crossed low in to the box where the Pools midfielder threw himself in front of and cleared. 

Substitute James Poole lifted a teasing ball in to the area towards Howard andSweeney but when the ball fell loose it was the Brentford defence who got to it first and cleared. 

And the lively Noble drew another fine save from Moore when he spun in skilfully from the left wing and curled a wonderful effort towards the top corner. 

It looked as though Pools efforts were to go unrewarded until the final minute when Horwood's right wing corner was misjudged by defender Craig and his header found its way in to the back of the net to level things up. 

The point was nothing more than Pools had deserved, especially after a dominant first half showing and gives the team something to build on in their battle to climb away from the foot of the table.

Full Time: Brentford 2 Pools 2  

Booked: Pools - Murray (64), Noble (90) Brentford - Forshaw (70), Diagouraga (90) 

Att:5213 (155 Pools) 

Pools: Flinders, Austin, Baldwin, Hartley, Horwood, Sweeney, Murray (Luscombe 77), Walton, Humphreys (Poole 59), Noble, Howard 
Subs Not Used: McHugh, Holden, Collins, Richards, Franks 

Brentford: Moore, Forshaw (Adeyemi 84), Craig, Dean (Legge 46), Douglas. Donaldson, Logan, Forrester, Diagouraga, Hayes (Spencer 82), Bidwell. 
Subs Not Used: Lee, O'Connor, Barron, Dallas

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