Ex-Sunderland keeper Trevor Carson was the hero as Hartlepool United earned a pre-Christmas boost with Saturday’s 0-0 League Two draw at high-fliers Portsmouth.
The Fratton Park draw, with Carson making a number of outstanding saves, lifted spirits following last week’s 5-0 trouncing from Cambridge United/
Carson said: “We have good team spirit at this club.
“We made a pact with each other then that Cambridge was rock bottom.
“We will never go below that.
“We have shown with the performance at Portsmouth that we are fighting for this football club. Some people did not believe we were.
“That has to be a catalyst.
“It can give us the belief we need to improve heading into the Christmas period.
“We now know that if the lads to a man do their job, we can get a result anywhere.”
Portsmouth: Forde, Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens, Doyle, Rose (Hunt 90), Baker, Roberts (Chaplin 68), Bennett (Naismith 68), Smith. Subs not used: Davies, Lalkovic, O’Brien, Linganzi. Booked: Baker, Doyle.
Hartlepool Utd: Carson, Donnelly, Bates, Harrison, Carroll, Featherstone, Laurent, Hawkins, Oates (Deverdics 73), Paynter (Amond 90), Alessandra (Nsiala 90). Subs not used: Walker, Bartlett, Woods, Pollock. Booked: Donnelly, Featherstone.
Att: 17,081. Ref: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).