MATCH REPORT: Hartlepool Utd 0 Brentford 0

HARTLEPOOL United’s winless home run continued as a goalless draw with Brentford made it five without victory at Victoria Park.

The hosts made a blistering start with Evan Horwood at the heart of all their good work, but each time his deliveries went without reward.

Ryan Noble and Ritchie Humphreys both worked space for efforts from distance before the half-hour mark but they lacked direction and Richard Lee was untested.

Sweeney did draw a save from the Bees keeper on 31 minutes when he connected with Neil Austin’s deep centre but Lee was equal to the goal-bound header.

It was until the 40th minute that Scott Flinders was called into action but, again, the attacking execution was poor and Clayton Donaldson’s shot, from a good position inside the area, was comfortably snaffled by the Pools gloveman.

The first half drew to a goalless conclusion but Pools had been the better side.

A lapse in concentration from Evan Horwood just moments after the restart allowed Shaleum Logan a sight at goal but his 12-yard curler drifted wide.

Luke James was introduced before the hour mark in a bid to inject some fresh attacking verve.

His arrival lifted the home side and strike partner Noble should have broken the deadlock at the mid point of the second period when Horwood’s corner dropped at his feet, just six yards out.

The Sunderland loanee stabbed towards goal but Lee somehow managed to block on the line and Brentford smuggled clear.

But at the other end Toumani Diagouraga was guilty of a glaring miss when Donaldson rolled the ball into his path directly in front of the posts.

Somehow, though, the midfielder contrived to spoon wide with the target gaping and Pools survived.

That was the last noteworthy action of a disappointing afternoon.