RUNNING MONKEY on another home drubbing

This looked like plan “B” - first we change the dugouts around to make the opposition walk a few extra yards to their bench - Nish and Boydie to be the strike force - Poole and Monky to be the suppliers. We needed a big result after the dismal showing of late so we might as well wallop the top team in the division. 

 We started bright enough but from the start you could see there was quality in the opposition that we do not have in our side. We continued to wallop the ball out to the corners either for Monky or Poole on the opposite side. 

The first goal came from a raid down our left side, a pin point cross to Phillips who had acres of space and could have done a pirouette before he deftly guided the ball past Ned into the net. Monky in his desperation let one fly but it was well wide of the mark. 
" I nearly did not write this. I could have just changed the score line from the last report"

Almost their second attack and it could have been two through Kermorgant, who was causing both Sam and Hartley problems with his presence. 

Nish and Boydie managed to link up but Nish shot wide. Boydie was next up after some good play by Poole but his powder puff shot come scoop of the ball was gathered easily by their keeper. Ned was called on to make a good save after Horwood swung at the sky and missed putting Ned under pressure that he was equal to. A low shot from Aussie, who was in a dilemma all game on whether to stick or twist, and his effort did not trouble Charlton. 

We looked a yard slower than them in reacting to balls and they used their possession more effectively despite us have more than them in the first half. The second goal, in much the same way as the first,found Phillips again unmarked and he slotted home to make it 2-0. 

Monky did win a corner before half time but it was wasted by poor delivery. Second half we did try to stem the flow with people harrying a bit more but they are not top of the division for nothing and ten minutes into the half it was three and as a competition all over. 

Another free kick and it was four and in truth another football lesson for a very mediocre Pools performance. The subs Luscombe and Brownie came on and gave us a brief lift but all to no avail. It may sound a bit harsh but we could have dropped all the back four and half the midfield today on performance. If we continue to leak goals as we have recently, and all we can do is hoof the ball over the midfield and hope the opposition do not win it then we are in dire straits. Lets hope our FA cup is at least half full and can change our luck.

Ps . I nearly did not write this.  I could have just changed the score line from the last report on our home defeat. How can you be positive when it looks shambolic. The unbeatable side we had has disappeared.