Walsall 0 Hartlepool Utd 0: Pools in Saddlers stalemate

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A drab stalemate with precious little goalmouth action saw Hartlepool United claim an away point at Walsall, writes Craig Hope.

All of the drama was confined to before the game as Pools were forced into a change after skipper Sam Collins limped from the warm-up with a calf complaint.

Josh Rowbotham was pitched straight into the starting line-up despite not having been named among the substitutes.

There was a real absence of quality from either side and only a misunderstanding between Peter Hartley and Jack Baldwin presented substitute Will Grigg with a chance on 68 minutes but he couldn’t squeeze between Flinders and his near post.

* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo