Bristol Rovers boss Dave Penney is still searching for the first victory of his tenure after a very poor goalless stalemate with Hartlepool.
Penney, who took charge eight days ago, saw a defensive-minded Pools frustrate his charges to keep them firmly rooted in the League One drop zone.
Rovers enjoyed the better opportunities in a game of few chances.
Jo Kuffour saw two close-range efforts blocked, while co-striker Will Hoskins went close with a late free-kick.
Hartlepool's best opportunity arrived at the feet of Antony Sweeney five minutes before the break, but the midfielder failed to connect with Andy Monkhouse's wicked ball across the face of goal when it looked easier to score.
Rovers are now just two points adrift of safety, after their winless league run was stretched to 12 games, while Pools climb to 12th, just three points off the play-offs.
Bristol Rovers manager Dave Penney told BBC Radio Bristol: "It's October since we last had a clean sheet, so for me it was massive that we came out with a clean sheet today.
"We need to do better when we've got the ball obviously, we need to have better link up play and we have to end more product.
"But it was vital we got a clean sheet to give the players some confidence and give us something to build on because it's no good playing pretty football and getting beaten every week."
Hartlepool Manager Mick Wadsworth told BBC Tees: "There was some good attacking play . We did very well in our inter-play and getting into good positions. I thought we played some terrific football at times.
"The away performance was outstanding. It was great to look solid and never really be in danger. For a coach that's a nice feeling to have.
"It's just been that last pass or touch in front of goal that's not been as good as we might like."
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Npower League One
02 Regan (Reece 67)
03 Sawyer yellow card
07 Campbell yellow card
23 Swallow (Richard 88)
02 Austin yellow card
06 Horwood yellow card
03 Humphreys (Behan 87)
Ref: SheldrakeAtt: 5,285
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:27 Jo Kuffour takes a shot. Neil Austin gets a block in.
87:24 Substitution Eliot Richards replaces Ben Swallow.
86:53 Substitution Denis Behan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ritchie Humphreys.
85:38 Charles Reece delivers the ball, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.
83:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles Reece on Evan Horwood. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
81:24 Armann Bjornsson takes a shot. Save by Luke Daniels.
80:35 Gary Liddle fouled by Chris Lines, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon McSweeney.
77:00 The ball is crossed by Gary Liddle, Byron Anthony manages to make a clearance.
75:58 Corner taken by Leon McSweeney, save by Luke Daniels.
72:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jo Kuffour by Joe Gamble. David McCracken takes the direct free kick.
71:51 Stuart Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Austin. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.
71:51 Booking The referee books Stuart Campbell for unsporting behaviour.
71:01 Corner taken by Stuart Campbell played to the near post, clearance by Peter Hartley.
69:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antony Sweeney on Stuart Campbell. Strike on goal comes in from Will Hoskins from the free
kick, Armann Bjornsson gets a block in.
66:09 Neil Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Swallow. Free kick taken by Luke Daniels.
66:09 Substitution Carl Regan goes off and Charles Reece comes on.
65:55 Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Sawyer.
63:53 Ritchie Humphreys has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
62:20 James Tunnicliffe fouled by Andy Monkhouse, the ref awards a free kick. James Tunnicliffe takes the direct free kick.
61:18 The official flags Antony Sweeney offside. Luke Daniels restarts play with the free kick.
60:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Monkhouse. Luke Daniels takes the indirect free kick.
57:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Leon McSweeney from the left by-line, Carl Regan makes a clearance.
57:12 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Byron Anthony.
56:48 Inswinging corner taken by Leon McSweeney from the left by-line played to the near post, David McCracken manages to make a
55:56 Gary Liddle fouled by Gary Sawyer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
55:35 The ball is delivered by Leon McSweeney, David McCracken manages to make a clearance.
54:39 Ritchie Humphreys is adjudged to have handled the ball. Luke Daniels restarts play with the free kick.
53:48 Carl Regan challenges Armann Bjornsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.
52:22 Chris Lines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.
47:54 Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Blocked by Byron Anthony.
47:30 Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post, Carl Regan makes a clearance.
47:25 The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood, clearance by Byron Anthony.
46:59 Inswinging corner taken by Leon McSweeney from the left by-line.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+1:04 It is the end of the first-half.
43:27 Jo Kuffour takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.
42:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Sawyer on Andy Monkhouse. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
42:04 Booking Gary Sawyer is cautioned.
40:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Hartley on Will Hoskins. Direct free kick taken by James Tunnicliffe.
40:05 Effort from inside the area by Gary Liddle misses to the right of the target.
38:24 Stuart Campbell challenges Ritchie Humphreys unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
37:31 Will Hoskins fouled by Peter Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Swallow takes the direct free kick.
36:17 Leon McSweeney delivers the ball, clearance by David McCracken.
35:37 The ball is crossed by Andy Monkhouse, clearance by David McCracken.
33:24 Antony Sweeney is caught offside. Byron Anthony takes the free kick.
32:57 Neil Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Swallow. Gary Sawyer takes the direct free kick.
32:57 Booking Neil Austin is booked.
29:52 Andy Monkhouse produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
27:59 Leon McSweeney is adjudged to have handled the ball. Luke Daniels restarts play with the free kick.
23:53 Leon McSweeney produces a cross, Luke Daniels makes a save.
22:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by Stuart Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.
21:46 Stuart Campbell takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Ritchie Humphreys.
21:28 Gary Liddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Campbell. James Tunnicliffe takes the direct free kick.
20:22 Jo Kuffour takes a shot. Blocked by Armann Bjornsson.
19:27 Unfair challenge on Ben Swallow by Andy Monkhouse results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Campbell.
17:38 Evan Horwood challenges Ben Swallow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Sawyer takes the free kick.
17:38 Booking Evan Horwood is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
17:22 Leon McSweeney sends in a cross, Chris Lines manages to make a clearance.
16:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Leon McSweeney. Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance
made by James Tunnicliffe.
14:49 Andy Monkhouse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Anthony. Free kick taken by James Tunnicliffe.
13:36 Evan Horwood takes a shot. Luke Daniels makes a save.
12:05 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Campbell, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Tunnicliffe
goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
11:30 Inswinging corner taken by Ben Swallow from the right by-line.
10:40 Gary Liddle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Tunnicliffe takes the free kick.
10:23 The referee blows for offside.
8:11 The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, James Tunnicliffe manages to make a clearance.
7:57 James Tunnicliffe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Kean takes the indirect free kick.
6:20 Ritchie Humphreys produces a cross, Leon McSweeney takes a shot. Luke Daniels makes a save.
3:23 Ritchie Humphreys crosses the ball, clearance made by Gary Sawyer.
2:23 Effort on goal by Leon McSweeney from a long way out goes over the bar.
1:47 Foul by Gary Sawyer on Leon McSweeney, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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