New Lads Lifted the Side

Report by RUNNING MONKEY at the ex-Vic

Pools 1 Yeovil 1 (League 2) Saturday February 4th 2017

It was a good start from the new look Pools side today and we had two debutant players on board, Rooney and Nelson, who looked as if they could make a difference to our season if all goes well. 

Both the new lads contributed far more than some of the regular players. The old Pools legend Gabbiadini said somewhere that Pools are in for a treat when they add this Nelson to the team, he was right. He looks the part and played some good stuff today, which was refreshing to see. Also Rooney proved to be a real handful. Rooney set up Amond who made a clever chip over the top which beat every one but it landed on top of the net.

Bates made a good block on the line as the visitors looked dangerous at the set pieces. Their game plan was to bully us out of the game, especially their tall centre forward Eaves who put himself about all through the game, grappling and wrestling his way through the field. He had the ability to hold the ball and won a lot of headers as he towered over all of our back line, but he was rubbish in front of goal.
"I am sure that Jones could make a decent side out of the squad he has. But will he have enough time?"

Nelson won a free kick on the edge of the box as he was flattened on a run, but we never take any real advantage of dead ball situations. Alessandra made a good run down the flank and I thought his shot skimmed off the cross bar but I was at the other end. Walker had a poor game but made one decent tackle in the first half to keep it all square. He was not at his best today and some casual flicks and mis-placed passes left us under threat at times. It was a decent first half and I thought Pools just shaded it.

Nelson linked up with Rooney early in the second half when a lovely ball through by Nelson found Rooney who made some good moves to earn a shot at goal but the visiting keeper managed to block his shot. He was thwarted too by a defender after slipping the ball past the keeper - his effort was blocked by a defender.

Amond scored a magnificent header after a run by Nelson who sent in a brilliant cross that gave Pools a much-deserved lead. The two new lads were keen to help and this may have been our downfall as the visitors pulled one back to take a point. It was a shame that Nelson, defending deep,  got involved in the box and was penalised. Matty Dolan stepped up to score against his old side, sending Bartlett the wrong way.

Thomas came on to try and push the lads on but he could hardly hold onto the ball, as he looks far from his best. The visitors looked the better side in the closing stages as Pools ran out of ideas and steam. Bartlett redeemed himself with a great save late in the game to at least keep us a point when he pushed a strong Dolan free kick round the post.

The new lads lifted the side but as I said earlier some of the side did not compete, but I am sure that Jones could make a decent side out of the squad he has. But will he have enough time?