As RUNNING MONKEY wishes he hadn't saw it!

After results in recent weeks and the fact that we had beaten Chipperfields on Saturday, albeit by a one goal margin, I was actually looking forward to this home game. Mainly because, unless the F A cup draw is favourable to us, then it will be a full month before we have another home game.

News that MW was sticking with the same line-up seemed to cheer a few. Early doors, Luscombe, who came home from Chesterfield with good reports, had a dip which the keeper tipped over, but similarly Ned was called into action as Aussie lost the ball and allowing a shot on goal.

Pools started to take things in hand and there were some good passages of play and Poole made a great run and crossed to Aussie coming in the other side, who set up Monky but he hit wide of the mark. Pools were really pressuring Tranmere who looked to catch us on the break but Pools kept them on the back foot.

Twenty-five minutes into the game the three Pools stands started clapping which they kept up for a full minute then the chants for Michael Maidens rang out over the Vic. A nice tribute carried over from Saturday’s game. The significance of the twenty-five Maidens shirt number lost on the stewards.

Ned was called into action as Pools took their foot off the gas and allowed them back into the game. A shot blocked and another tipped over must have set the alarm ringing for MW, who was up on his feet shouting orders. I could feel it in my water - Pools were going to have one of those days - play them off the park and end up with a draw. The consensus at half time was just that we would do better second half kicking to the Town End.

How wrong could one be? Almost as a throw back to the Turner days when we invariably gave away silly goals after his team talk, we did just that: two passes, a shot blocked, and then the ball was in the net. Once again we find ourselves one down before we even get settled. Someone really must take those easy chairs out of the dressing room; we are far too casual in our approach after the break."I could feel it in my water - Pools were going to have one of those days - play them off the park and end up with a draw."

I was saddened to see Luscombe take a dive on the edge of the box to win a free kick. I always thought we were above that kind of shenanighans. Thankfully we did not profit from it.

Their second goal was even easier than that. A long throw seemed to go straight in the net but I found out later that it had been nicked in by a Tranmere player and in truth they deserved it. We won the first half nil nil and they won the contest 2-0. We did rally a little but it was never enough threat on their goal. We did have three shots in succession that were beaten away, but with Monky, Brownie, Poole and Boydie on together, it was desperate measures, and apart from an attempted scissor kick from Lidds, we did not trouble their keeper, and the incessant hoofing the ball up was wasted effort.

Roll on Saturday