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Hartlepool United 1-1 Carlisle United

Rhys Oates' strike ensured Hartlepool remain narrowly above the League Two relegation zone following a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Carlisle.

Oates cancelled out Jabo Ibehre's opener as Pools ended the afternoon one point ahead of Newport while the Cumbrians retained the final play-off spot.

Hartlepool immediately faced an uphill task when Danny Grainger's long throw somehow put Ibehre through on goal and the striker side-footed through goalkeeper Joe Fryer's legs.

That preceded a drab spectacle as frequent Carlisle time-wasting combined with toothless opponents.

Yet Pools found an unexpected leveller in the 65th minute when Oates charged down Grainger's attempted clearance and produced a sublime curling finish.

That sparked the game into life, with Carlisle defender Michael Raynes forcing fine saves from Fryer either side of Nathan Thomas fizzing a stunning half-volley agonisingly wide.

Carlisle continued to threaten from set-pieces as Ibehre rattled a post and Shaun Brisley was denied by Liam Donnelly's last-ditch block.

Both sides pushed for a winner during an electric finish, but the spoils were shared.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 35RichardsonSubstituted forMagnayat 37'minutes
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 33DonnellyBooked at 81mins
  • 14Woods
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15Alessandra
  • 11Oates
  • 9Amond
  • 7N Thomas

Substitutes

  • 2Magnay
  • 6Bates
  • 17Deverdics
  • 18Hawkins
  • 28Rooney
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 38Rodney

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 15Brisley
  • 28Liddle
  • 5Raynes
  • 3Grainger
  • 16Bailey
  • 4JoyceBooked at 19mins
  • 18O'SullivanSubstituted forLambeat 50'minutes
  • 17DevittBooked at 85mins
  • 9ProctorBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWaringat 70'minutes
  • 14IbehreBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 12Gillesphey
  • 13Tomlinson
  • 19Lambe
  • 22Crocombe
  • 27Waring
  • 29Joachim
  • 39Nabi
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
5,011

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Carlisle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Carlisle United 1.

James Bailey (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Woods (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Brad Walker.

Foul by George Waring (Carlisle United).

(Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

George Waring (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Woods (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Reggie Lambe.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

Booking

Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United).

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Attempt saved. Michael Raynes (Carlisle United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United).

Foul by James Bailey (Carlisle United).

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Carlisle United).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. George Waring replaces Jamie Proctor.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Carlisle United).

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Attempt saved. Shaun Brisley (Carlisle United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Reggie Lambe (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Carlisle United 1. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster422510782473585
2Plymouth422471162431979
3Portsmouth422291167373075
4Luton421716960392167
5Exeter421981567501765
6Stevenage42205176557865
7Carlisle421615116061-163
8Blackpool4215161162441861
9Colchester421710156155661
10Mansfield421613135046461
11Cambridge42179165447760
12Accrington421514135451359
13Wycombe421611155251159
14Grimsby421610165255-358
15Notts County42158195069-1953
16Barnet421215155157-651
17Morecambe42148204965-1650
18Crewe421213175061-1149
19Crawley421310194863-1549
20Yeovil421016164357-1446
21Cheltenham421014184559-1444
22Hartlepool421013195169-1843
23Newport421012204664-1842
24Leyton Orient4296274377-3433
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