The weather was breezy, cold and damp for Leeds United's first ever league game against the monkey hangers at Victoria Park, which is just across the river from here, in Hartlepool.
The game started slowly on a slippery pitch and the first chance in the match came in the 21st minute when Michael Nelson headed in, for Pool, from 6 yards, 0-1.
Leeds responded and started to play a bit, forcing their first two corners on 30 minutes but Pool were looking more dangerous and had the most possession.
In the last 10 minutes before half time chances fell to Tresor Kandol, Jermaine Beckford and Jonathan Howson but Pool went in for the break with their 1-0 lead intact.
The second half started with both teams sharing possession. In the 56th minute Seb Carole replaced David Prutton and Alan Thompson came on for Radostin Kishishev. Third skriker, Tore Andre Flo, came on for Ian Westlake in the 76th Minute in a desperate bid to make a difference.
The game dragged on with United just edging it, then in the 89th minute Tresor Kandol headed on to super striker Jermaine Beckford who drilled in a left foot shot from 20 yards, 1-1.
Never say die Leeds left it late again and held on for a draw that puts United top of the League for the first time, at least for a couple of hours. Not bad for a team that started the season on minus 15 points.
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