Match of the Day: Hartlepool narrowly miss out on a record-breaking eighth successive win after stalemate at Chesterfield in January 2001

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IT was a case of so close but yet so far for Hartlepool United back in the winter of 2001.

They travelled to Chesterfield looking for a record-breaking eighth successive victory but narrowly missed out as they were held to a goalless draw.

Chris Westwood in action at Cardiff. Picture by Frank Reid

Chris Westwood in action at Cardiff. Picture by Frank Reid

Boss Chris Turner was still beaming with pride afterwards though, and he urged his troops to carry on their good form for the rest of the season.

Pools fans packed into Saltergate to cheer on their side in their record-breaking bid.

The draw against the league leaders left Pools seventh in Division Three, very much still in the promotion hunt themselves – moving into a play-off spot for the first time that season.

Pools pushed the hosts all the way but couldn’t find a way through a solid back-line.

Turner said: “We were a little disappointed because we would have loved to have said we got the record but I was delighted with that performance.

“The lads worked terrifically well as a unit and we defended brilliantly.

“I thought they put us under pressure in the first half but we stopped any half chances in the second and had a few opportunities to win the game ourselves, so all-in-all I think it was a fair result.”

Turner also told SportMail that the Pools camp were keen to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

He added: “The lads want to get back on track against Carlisle.

“Now we are in a play-off position we need to keep going from strength to strength.

“If we had started the season this well I have no doubts we would be in the top three now,” added Turner. Pools: Williams, Barron, Sharp, Westwood, Arnison, Tinkler (Fitzpatrick), Stephenson, Miller, Clark, Midgley, Henderson. Subs Not Used: Hollund, Lormor, Sperrevik, Shilton. Attendance: 4,240.