Grecians loving home comforts
Exeter stretched their unbeaten home run to seven games after an uninspiring goalless draw with away-day specialists Hartlepool.
Pools midfielder Antony Sweeney came closest to breaking the deadlock when he burst on to a Luke James' pass, only to be denied by goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.
But the Grecians wasted a glorious chance to snatch the points at the death when Troy Archibald-Henville headed straight at Scott Flinders from inside the six-yard box.
Hartlepool had a goal disallowed for offside midway through the first half after Gary Liddle collected James' pass and slid the ball underneath Krysiak. Daniel Nardiello thought he had won a penalty for Exeter as he went down under Neil Austin's tackle, only for referee Mark Haywood to turn down appeals.
Archibald-Henville squandered the best opportunity of the first half when he glanced a header wide after latching on to David Noble's corner.
Flinders pulled off a stunning finger-tip save to foil Jake Taylor after the substitute let fly from 25 yards before Sweeney and Archibald-Henville were both thwarted.