Poor Against Part-timers

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 1 Maidenhead 2 (National League)
Saturday Dec 23 2018
Victoria Park

It looked like we had a decent side out today but I wish Harrison would play with two strikers up front as the line up with Oates and Cassidy looked to be a good shout until Oates went out wide. He is a much better threat down the middle.

The visitors made a strong start to the game. How many times have we seen that? It took a while for Pools to settle into the game as the visitors were very physical, as are most of the teams in this division.

We did look as if we had a shout for a penalty that a few of the Pools players protested about but as it was in the opposite end you go by players' reactions; anyway the officials were not impressed. Pools looked to have settled and we played some good football as Maidenhead began to stutter, which led to a Pools goal. Rhys Oates was as usual our most potent threat and made a great run and shot which the keeper had trouble with but managed to smother the ball.

Deverdics is hot and cold with his free kicks but the one for the Cassidy goal was inch perfect and the striker connected well but I find he disappears from the game in spells whereas Rhys is ever present in attack and defence. We lost Richardson when, on a great run, he left a couple of players for dead and headed for goal when he was chopped down. The bad fall he had has dislocated his collar bone so another injury woe for the manager. Harrison replaced him.

"We could not control the ball never mind hold onto it."
Whether it was the loss of Richardson, I don’t know but we once again seemed to be second best in nearly every challenge. We could not control the ball never mind hold onto it. We were bullied throughout the game as the big lads in the visitors' side really put themselves about. Again, how many times have we seen this?
Maidenhead were now playing the better football and looked the more likely to score ,and the two subs, Rodney and Simpson, made little change to our play.

Another run of five games without a win and we look a very poor side, even against part timers, I dread to think how the manager can lift them in the next two games against Gateshead who will be chomping at the bit to take on Pools twice over the next week.

I had made my mind up not to go to the Gateshead game after the last home defeat and the subsequent away games did little to change my mind so I only hope we can scrape a point away and at least a win at home. Otherwise the cards will be out for Harrison, although the financial situation means we can’t afford to sack him and I do not think he will walk.

Some foolish fan who stood next to me thought the answer was Bates and Sweeney taking over but I think it is a bit late for that now.

In the words of Private Frazer “WERE DOOMED I TELL YOU DOOMED”.