Cooper happy with a point as below-par Pools are held at home

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FREEZING temperatures meant only six matches survived the cold snap in Leagues One and Two.

While Sheffield Wednesday were beaten at Exeter and Sheffield United recorded a 3-0 victory over Wycombe in League One, the only other match in the division to survive the big freeze - Hartlepool at home to Bournemouth - finished goalless.

Pools have now gone five games without defeat and Neale Cooper and admitted he was satisfied with a point.

He said: “It was a well-earned point, a very good one as we weren’t at our best. We were against a very good side and knew that from the reports we had. We defended well and had chances as well. The workrate was very good, even though one or two didn’t defend to the best of their ability. The only thing that hurt us was our own mistakes, giving them opportunities.”

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury said he was delighted to keep a clean sheet and declared it a ‘good’ point for his side.

In League Two Cheltenham went top but their 1-1 draw at struggling Hereford meant Crawley, with two matches in hand, still have the advantage.

Delroy Facey’s header put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute and although Kaid Mohamed equalised just after the break Cheltenham had to settle for a point.

Torquay moved ahead of opponents Shrewsbury into fourth with Taiwo Atieno’s 68th-minute header the only goal of the game while Bristol Rovers won the mid-table battle over Morecambe with a third successive win under Mark McGhee.

Lee Brown put the hosts ahead from a cross by Scott McGleish, who then converted a penalty. Jordan Burrows missed from the spot for the Shrimps but Kevin Ellison fired in the rebound two minutes from time.