Colchester - As I seen it!


Pools 0 - 0 Colchester   Tuesday March 5th

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY at The Vic


Despite the fact that Manure were on telly getting stuffed at home by the Special One I thought we might lose on the gate, but it looked as if the Colchester fans decided to stay at home and watch a Real team. Having said that would there have been more than a bus full down at Western Homes Community Stadium on a bleak Tuesday night? 

We won the toss, which was a good sign, which meant we would be kicking down bank the second half. After a swift run down the flanks, a good cross and a poor shot, we could have been one down on the two-minute mark. We rallied the troops, and shortly after a Franks cross set up Poole whose shot was blocked and Baldwin had a snap shot at the rebound. 
It was a very physical game from the off and Pools, who have always been lacking in the muscle department were getting battered every time we made a challenge. Aussie after taking some stick ran to challenge near the dug out and gave his opponent a shove and he went over the barrier, which was good to see, him taking no nonsense from some big players. The big centre back with an unpronounceable name continually laid over Walton who never won a header against him, but he was warned by the ref, but to little effect. 

My mate Ken thought the ref was weak despite him coming from the same neck of the woods - Durham. One big problem throughout the half was the amount of possession we wasted by poor passing, and quite a few of the Pools players were guilty. This was really annoying the home fans and gifting easy chances for the opposition to break and threaten. 

Poole took a lot of stick from some huge defenders yet stuck to his task and came close to opening the scoring three times in a short spell of magic from the Pool striker. Jack Baldwin went down after jumping for a ball from a corner but I think he twisted his knee rather than it being a foul on him by Morrison in the challenge. Baldwin had to leave the field, which was a shame considering he was playing so well. 

Shortly after, Ibehre was rightly sent off for a foul on Aussie. He sent him base over apex as he slid in with his foot raised. Once again Ken defended his friend from Durham but Ken was in a minority. 
"It was a very physical game from the off and Pools, who have always been lacking in the muscle department were getting battered every time we made a challenge."
Second half we were kicking downhill and the extra man advantage was starting to tell, and it was backs to the wall for the ten-man defence of Colchester. I counted four times they managed to break free and cause any problem in the half as we battered them throughout. Poole chipped a ball up and had a shot reminiscent of his last goal but the big Chelsea keeper kept him at bay. He should have stayed at Chelsea as he thwarted our forwards making some fine saves and he was the difference in the second half especially. 

Luscombe came on and had a decent half as we made more openings but just could not get a clean shot on goal. Luscombe (header), Wyke (shot), and Poole all wasted chances in an almighty goalmouth scramble as the lads hammered the Colchester defence once again. Hartley was bodily dragged to the ground in their box in front of the man from Durham who ignored it. Howard had a man on his back in one attack literally hanging over his shoulders, yet Howard was ruled offside. 

The lively Poole had one chance at the far post he could not turn in, and the best chance of the game when he latched onto a ball and hit a sweet shot to the top corner but the Chelsea man got a hand to it and pushed it onto the bar. Poole again sidestepped his man on the edge of the box and chipped a ball to Howard but the ball was cleared. RH rolled back the years and even attempted an overhead kick that he kept in play, he even had a chuckle at his attempt. 

I cannot find any fault in the application of the Pools players in this performance, which deserved so much more than a point. Colchester defended resolutely and got the rub of the green but the truth was they were in panic all of the second half at the spirit of the Pools attack. 

 Any one of them could have been Man-of-the-Match today.