We Can Win on Telly

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY at the Vic

Pools 3 Leyton Orient 1 (League 2) Sunday November 15th 2015

A little late into the Vic again today so missed the minutes silence but was in just in time to see another sloppy goal given away by poor defending from Pools. "Here we go again," I thought, "a showing-up in front of the cameras".

The visitors looked like a handy side as they sprayed the ball about and took the game to us in the early stages. Pools had to be on their mettle, as they pressed hard for anther goal, which probably would have killed the game for us.

A little luck for once for Pools as a long ball across the box from Kudus saw a fist from an Orient defender punch the ball off the head of a Pools attacker and Kudus sprinted into the box to claim the penalty, which he took well, sending the keeper the wrong way.

With the new Pools line up we looked a better side defensively, but played like England - giving the ball away far too easily, either in the tackle or very slack passing. Gray, who we saw last week, Mandron and Naismith, and the important return of Magnay, who was made captain, gave us a good balance in the side.

Mandron is a big lad but like a few big men I think he may lack what you might call the ability to jump. He did not win many aerial challenges so could be just a bit rusty but he made up for it where it counts - on the ground. Kudus, buoyant after his goal, lashed a shot over the Rink End stand that probably hit the waterworks office.

After a bit of Orient pressure, Carson made a great block on the line following a couple of goalmouth melees that we seemed to be causing by our lack of a welly through the ball. Just before half time Naismith on a break made it down the line and fired in a great cross that Fenwick just failed to connect with but it was good to watch Pools taking the game to them at this stage.

Second half the visitors were the brighter side again and we had some defending to do but looked a bit more organized than of late. Magnay was very impressive laying off some good balls and Duckworth, despite taking on the biggest player in the Orient side, was having a great game. Bates should have done better with a free header, which he put over after some great work again by Naismith.

Under pressure again Pools got a goal totally against the run of play. This is good to see, as normally under so much pressure we would succumb to the onslaught. Mandron chased down a ball that was launched over the top and managed to control it and lay it back for Gray who, on the run, hit his shot and with the help of a slight deflection made it two - one to Pools.
"It was a very good workout for Pools and the team looks better for the new lads"

Poor Duckworth defending for his life once again went down and had to be stretchered off, a sad sight for any player, but for this lad it seems like he only just gets a good run going then he is out again. He again could have been Man of the Match but it was given to Mandron.

After couple of substitutions Pools again had a good run and Naismith, doing all the hard work, laid on a ball once again for Gray, who looks a class or two above, and he calmly went across the box and shot back across the keeper into the net. Sadly this was such a good display from the lad (and on TV), that we will probably lose his services soon as the bigger clubs start picking him out.

It was a very good workout for Pools and the team looks better for the new lads. I was tempted to set up a chant of WE CAN WIN ON TELLY but the Ditchburn Poolie would not join in. He was whining about the possibility of complaining about these reports. He wants to take issue with my description of the game and in particular the players - who did what and when. I told him to send his complaint to the C.E.O. and see how he gets on. You have to take into account he is from the wilds of County Durham so he has an excuse.

One little entertaining interlude today involved H’Angus, who injured himself celebrating the first Pools goal and then began a sympathy campaign by turning up in a succession of medical aids. First a walking stick, then a wheelchair, then a solar blanket. Apparently his girlfriend saw him injured and went down to take him to the One Life. Her friend with her asked the unfortunate simian if she needed to take him to hospital or the vet.

A good day out and three points in the bag and the team looking good, long may it continue.