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Match report: Ten man Pools take a point at The Vic

13 March 2021

Match Reports

Match report: Ten man Pools take a point at The Vic

13 March 2021

A game of few chances finished goalless as Hartlepool United drew with play-off hopefuls Eastleigh FC.

Pools started brightly with Molyneux and Shelton having chances. Shelton's shot was blocked by Boyce before Molyneux's run was halted by Tomlinson on the right. Two more shots followed as Shelton and Molyneux dragged shots wide of McDonnell's goal.

Next, it was Eastleigh's turn to attack as Liddle made a crucial interception to stop Hill's cross. Much of the half was lost in the midfield, with tempers flaring after a tackle on Blair from Odusina. In the aftermath, Odusina and House picked up the game's first yellow cards.

Two more chances closed out the half with Blair blazing high after a clever corner routine and Molyneux having a long-range drive blocked by Bird.

The second half started in the worst fashion for Pools as Odusina picked up his second yellow card for a clumsy challenge. The sending-off forced Pools into a change as they switched to a back four.

Challinor sent Oates on for Shelton as both teams continued to attack. Ferguson's run down the left created a chance for Pools but the final ball was well cleared by Bird in the Eastleigh box. Hill then blazed well over after good work down the right from the Spitfires.

Pools continued to defend well as the Eastleigh players continued to create chances in and around the box. Two speculative shots from Eastleigh midfielders could only find the car park and the team was freshened up as Mason Bloomfield replaced Luke Armstrong.

Eastleigh made changes of their own, with Smart, Baggie, and Smith all entering the fray. Both teams continue to press and probe, but the only real chance came from Smith who fired into Killip's side-netting under pressure from Liddle.

As we entered the final 15 minutes, Bloomfield also found his way into the book for a late challenge. Few chances followed, with House coming closest with a cross-shot that grazed Killip's crossbar.

Pools almost snatched it at the death. Rhys Oates drove forward down the left and his cross was almost turned into the Eastleigh net by a defender's boot. Liddle and Cooper remained resolute until the final whistle and the points were shared.

It's another game unbeaten for Pools and we now travel to Kings Lynn hoping to continue our recent away form.

SUBS: Oates for Shelton, Bloomfield for Armstrong

red: Odusina - two yellows

yellows: White, Liddle, Bloomfield, Odusina x2

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