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Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
Bournemouth 0-0 Grimsby
By: Richard Lord
A 25th minute incident resulting in two red cards shaped this encounter between Bournemouth and Grimsby this afternoon in an entertaining but disruptive 0-0 draw at Dean Court.
In fact, the inclusion of Pouton in the starting eleven came as a welcome surprise for the Mariners fans, and it saw Hamilton drop to the bench, along with Iain Anderson, who made way for Phil Jevons.
Boulding returned to the side to partner Onoura up front, with an unorthodox midfield of Campbell, Crowe, Pouton and Jevons.
The home side had the better of the opening exchanges but they weren't able to work Davison in the Grimsby goal.
But the game came to life after 25 minutes when Pouton was victim to a Brian Stock challenge that saw the Bournemouth man receive his marching orders.
In the melee that followed, Crowe also saw red for what has been reported as stamping, leaving both sides to play out the rest of the match with ten men.
The rest of the half was reduced to a stop-start affair as the whistle-happy and card-happy referee, Mr Kettle, took centre stage.
The second half was a much more open-ended game, and Town had their chances in the half to take the lead.
Boulding appeared to shrug off the attentions of his marker and break through on goal, only for the referee to give a free kick the other way.
Davison pulled off a great save but the referee had already spotted the offside flag.
The Mariners defended very deep at times, and were cautious on the break after conceding two goals in those circumstances last week at Peterborough.
Pouton lasted 70 minutes before Des Hamilton replaced him, and Darren Mansaram came on to replace Iffy Onuora nearer the end of the game.
But Town's last chance came deep into injury time when their third and final substitute Iain Anderson, on for Phil Jevons, headed wide from a Barnard delivery.
Immediately at the other end, Groves had all his ten men behind the ball to defend a Bournemouth corner, which they did successfully to record a useful away draw.
The management team will be keen to view video evidence of the main talking point, to see whether Jason Crowe was guilty of stamping on an opponent.
However, with bad luck following Grimsby around this season like the proverbial bad penny, Crowe was perhaps only guilty of trying to calm things down.
The Mariners defended doggedly, with Edwards as impeccable as ever, Crane a tower of strength and McDermott showing some good form.
A point wasn't enough to shift Town up anywhere in the league table, but it was a good response under the circumstances from the 1-0 home defeat to Tranmere and the 3-2 defeat at Peterborough.
Town must now use these next two home games over the Christmas period against Wrexham and Oldham to collect enough points and start climbing the table.
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