What a Turn-up!

GREAT GRANDAD SHOUTY is pleasantly surprised

How many went to Pools on Tuesday night with a sense of foreboding? A game we HAD to win and our inability to create chances in previous games made you wonder what was in store. 

The first 44 minutes of the first half certainly didn’t inspire confidence as both Pools and Crewe struggled to create any meaningful chances. It wasn’t very thrilling yet, as often happens, something takes place which turns the game round. This time it was Pools who were the beneficiaries. And the PA announcer was able to announce the amount of added time and Alessandra’s goal in the same breath.
"Obviously, we became too dependent on Nathan Thomas"

Obviously, it changed Pools' approach to the game and they were able to dominate the second half and send everyone home happy. Obviously, we became too dependent on Nathan Thomas and his serious injury at Barnet just before Christmas ripped the heart out of Pools’ attacking ability. Then, of course, there was the injury to Trevor Carson. Mind you, in a perverse sort of way, the injuries meant that we didn’t lose both players during the January transfer window. But what will happen during the summer? Only time will tell.

Now that we’ve got an experienced manager, let’s hope that during the close season he does a good reconstruction job. One of the things he has done already is to convert Bradley Walker into the centre half role and he seems to be doing a good job. Many on the social media had identified Walker as one for the chop at the end of the season but I think he’s done enough to get a place on the retained list. Realistically, there’s no way we can keep Bates on the payroll. And if Walker continues to put in good performances then I can only see Bates getting a place on the subs bench – that’s if he’s fit.

What of the future? Some tough games coming up – starting this Saturday against Exeter City. They’re in a play-off spot and within spitting distance of an automatic promotion place. No doubt we’ll be able to indulge in some nostalgia – after all, it was against Exeter City two years ago that The Great Escape became a reality with goals by Scott Fenwick and Jordan Hugill (who has done rather well with Preston since his on-loan spell with Pools.) Important away games are against Notts County, Cheltenham and the big one at Leyton Orient on Easter Monday. Certainly squeaky bum time.

On to a general matter and I noticed that the President of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, has been a pompous geezer. He has said that Brexit could kill any bid by England for the World Cup, European Championship or Champions League final. He’s quoted as saying that they could have a serious problem if those travelling to the UK for European matches were denied entry post-Brexit. I can’t ever remember footy fans from wherever they come being denied entry to the UK so that they can follow their teams. What is it about these guys – is it something they put in the tea or the wine?