A Proper Game of Football

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY



Pools 2 Notts County 0 (National League)
Saturday 22 February 2020
Victoria Park



It was a bloody cold day for the fans today yet 3882 braved the elements to see Pools put Notts County to the sword. I should really say Featherstone did the deed but this was probably one of the best games of football we have seen in a while. 

As one fan said to me after the game “Don’t hold your breath!” I would say the way we are shaping up in recent games, we are a vastly improved side and I am coming to the conclusion now that we just might make the play-offs. As to whether we can go all the way I might just hold my breath.

Today's game was a “proper game of football” in the sense that both teams went for it.  It was just a shame that the ref had the Ditchburn chuntering at half time over his lack of sharing the fifty-fifty challenges, He was more eighty-twenty, just leaning slightly towards the opposition. By the end of the game the Ditch was even praising Mr Speedie after his first visit to the Vic. "As we won, he can come again!"

The opposition turned us round in the first half giving us the strong breeze and we hardly ever saw County all the half as Pools pegged them back. I suppose it is a fact that when the team is playing well this lifts the players but we seem to have improved in all departments and are playing some very good football. Players are starting to shine with confidence. In fact Kitching, one of our most-improved players in recent games even seems to have grown a foot higher too!
"we seem to have improved in all departments and are playing some very good football"

But as it was looking in the first half it could have been so different, as we know from the past; we pummel the opposition and they nick one on the break. But to be honest it was a really bad day at the office for County today as we battered them all the first half but despite testing the keeper through shots from Touré and Molyneux that were blocked and Odusina going inches wide with a fantastic header from a corner, they defended very well to thwart the Pools attack.

I had just said to the person behind me after the break that we could really do with an early goal to settle this, and up pops Featherstone with a fantastic free kick. There was some debate at the time as to whether he meant it or got lucky. It was only when he repeated the task shortly afterwards that we realized he had floated two balls over “DELIBERATELY’ and scored two goals which won him the Man-of-the-Match award.

Challinor might just be the man to take us back into the League, he has a good eye for a player and I would not fault any of his selections after the recent run. But I am still holding my breath this term but with the progress so far I think I would expect it next time round.

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