Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Accrington Stanley 1.
Substitute Marlon Harewood netted an equaliser against Accrington that kept Hartlepool's survival hopes alive.
Harewood's 80th-minute header from Jordan Jones' cross cancelled out a spectacular half-volley from Stanley's Josh Windass before the break.
Pools, who would have dropped into the bottom two otherwise, might have won it but Scott Fenwick clipped over late on.
Goalkeeper Scott Flinders and Mirfin combined to keep out Piero Mingoia's shot and ensure a point for Pools.
Tranmere and Cheltenham occupy the relegation places, while Pools are a point above the latter with three games to play.
Eight players, four from each side, were booked by referee Jeremy Simpson in total as tempers boiled.
- 26HarrisonBooked at 43mins
- 18HawkinsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFenwickat 45'minutesBooked at 61mins
- 21DuckworthSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
- 7FranksSubstituted forHarewoodat 77'minutes
- 24HugillBooked at 52mins
- 5JonesBooked at 62mins
- 2BuxtonBooked at 59minsSubstituted forLiddleat 65'minutes
- 21BrunaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMcCartanat 57'minutesBooked at 80mins
- 8WindassSubstituted forWinnardat 86'minutes
- Jeremy Simpson
- Shots on Target
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Accrington Stanley 1.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jordan Jones.
Attempt missed. Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from very close range is too high.
Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United).
Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Dean Winnard replaces Josh Windass.
Foul by Jordan Hugill (Hartlepool United).
Lloyd Jones (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United).
David Mirfin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley).
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dan Jones.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Accrington Stanley 1. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Jones.
Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).