Go For It -- We Can Do It!!


September was a good month for Pools. Victories, in particular, against the then league leaders, Dagenham and Redbridge and Leyton Orient, certainly warmed the cockles of the heart. 

Yet, It all came to a halt against Eastleigh and, for that, we had only ourselves to blame. Eastleigh were a poor side and were there for the taking but a score of missed chances meant that the unbeaten run came to an end. We seem to do far better against teams above us in the League – add to the above, for example, Wrexham, Macclesfield and Woking. Up to now, Pools have scored 12 goals and conceded 14. The goals ‘for’ certainly compares badly with other clubs but goals against is far much better when comparisons are made.

Defensively, the loan signings of Keith Watson and Michael Ledger helped our goals against column and its to be hoped that the injury to Keith Watson doesn’t keep him out too long. The fact that St Johnstone are quite happy for him to stay at Pools for treatment shows they are satisfied with his loan surroundings – and may extend this when he’s fit.

In general terms, Scottish players are no longer the force they were in English football, yet I see Scotland as a fertile ground for clubs like Pools. Remember when we had two Scottish full backs in Jack Ross and Hugh Robertson? Craig Harrison’s concern with the goals ‘for’ tally has seen him sign James Thorne and Tomi Adeloye and we can only hope that these signings do the trick.

Devante Rodney has shown some improvement towards the end of September and I think its only time before he hits the net. It will do his confidence no harm. Speaking of strikers, it was a shame Connor Simpson joined the injury list. I just happened to notice his entry on the Pools’ website. It lists his date of birth as 1/1/1901 so I suppose that makes him the oldest player ever to pull on a Pools’ shirt.
"Devante Rodney has shown some improvement towards the end of September and I think its only time before he hits the net."

The news that Pools have been drawn away to South Shields in the qualifying round of the FA Cup gives hope that we can make some progress and strike up some momentum for the more important business of the League. My ambition for the FA Cup would be to get a home tie against Arsenal or Chelsea on a day when the weather is the best that only Pools can offer – in other words, a Force 10 gale accompanied by incessant rain.(Remember Sheffield Wednesday in 2005?) If Arsene Wenger had to respond to a question on the weather he would probably say he didn’t see the raindrops. Still, there’s going to be an almighty scramble for tickets for the South Shields game – I reckon that there’ll have to be a ballot for the Pools’ allocation.

 Not much happening elsewhere for a change. The only thing I can think of is the crackpot idea of staging Arsenal v Liverpool on Christmas Eve. The best way of stopping this dead in its tracks is for Liverpool supporters to boycott the match. Anyway, keep the faith. String together a few good results and we’ll be up there near the top!!

And if you think that Pools have made a sluggish start, look to see where Tranmere are.