Another Tonking

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY at the Vic

Pools 1 Luton Town 4 (League 2) Saturday October 4th 2015

Four changes from Tuesday's surrender to Brizzle and if we ever needed a result we certainly needed one today. Sadly it was not to be as Luton ran riot in the second half. 

Connor Smith, playing down the wing, was the first player chopped down - how many times do we see an action like this go unpunished as the official thinks it is too early in the game. 

The first half was an improvement as at least we were making a game of it after the opening ten minutes. For about fifteen minutes we looked like we were dominating the game without really threatening the opposition goal. 

Bingham tried his luck: when fed by Paynter he turned and shot but it was blocked. Shortly afterwards he had a long range shot that went over but it was two more shots than in the whole of Tuesday's game. It was looking like a better performance from Pools, and at least we were competing. 

A good run at the opposition by Oates was spoiled by a poor shot. Luton were very lively on the break and Bartlett managed to block their attack but the ball fell for a Luton player who slotted it home. 

Pools were galvanized into action as they stepped up, looking for the equalizer. Bingham should have scored after some good work by Smith but he needed that extra touch that allowed defenders to get back at him and his effort was wide. 

Oates, who looked one of our more potent threats, made a good break and cut the ball back to Paynter who headed in the equalizer just before the break. 

The second half saw Luton turn it on and as in Tuesday’s game, we were second best in every department. What looked like a stampede from Luton for a ball over the top left Barrett exposed and any one of three Luton players could have put the ball in with the Pools defence trailing behind. 

The third Luton goal came in similar fashion as we were all over the place. Some fans say that Bingham only needs a goal - well today he had at least four golden chances and fluffed them all, whereas a cracker from distance even brought applause from the Pools fans as Luton comfortably cruised to a four - one win. 

Seven goals in two games will send out a strong message to the teams lining up to take three easy points from us in forthcoming fixtures. It is difficult to see where we can change things as Mr. Moore had four players back after Tuesday and we get another tonking. 
"All these keepers cannot be world-beaters but we are making them look that way"

We sadly played the game to Luton’s strengths with McNulty at the back mopping up all the high balls and not letting any Pools player go past him as he blocked pushed and hacked his way out of trouble. Not pretty, but effective. 

We do not seem to be playing as a unit, and poor marking was our downfall, along with a lack of killer touch in front of goal. All these keepers cannot be world-beaters but we are making them look that way. 

The substitutions did not help us - only Featherstone hitting the side netting, and Fenwick made no impression after replacing Paynter. 

Two players I would say made any real contribution today: Magnay, who was voted man-of-the-match, and Connor Smith, who tired a little at the end but put in a good shift. 

The half time rumour that Mr. Moore was off to Rotherham gave us a titter or two, but he has work to do here to get them playing again.