Hartlepool 0 Brentford 0
Brentford picked up what could prove to be a crucial point in their late charge towards the play-offs.
They were forced to defend for much of the game at Victoria Park, where keeper Richard Lee produced two fine saves to deny Hartlepool.
And they might have won had Clayton Donaldson managed to take a decent chance six minutes before half-time.
Donaldson also created a 78th-minute opportunity for Toumani Diagouraga, who fired wide following the striker’s cross.
It was a resolute performance by a Bees side which included only two changes to the team that beat Bury on Saturday before the squad made the long journey to their second game in the space of 48 hours.
Brentford had won five matches in a row prior to their tricky trip to the north-east, and four points from the Easter period leaves them well placed for a push towards a top-six finish.
Promotion rivals Notts County scored two late goals to secure a 3-1 victory over Yeovil that moved them up to sixth.
But Brentford’s point means they are three behind County with a superior goal difference and will go above them if they win a massive game between the two sides at Griffin Park this weekend.