The Hard Work Now Begins


Well, that’s another season over. No relegation scares but plenty of improvements to be made. Strange how we can play like Barcelona against the top teams yet play like a pub side against the lower placed clubs. So a need for some kind of consistency then. 

Against Salford City last week, Pools’ second half performance was one of the finest I’ve seen all season. There was even a certain amount of arrogance as Pools sprayed the ball about – backwards, forwards and in a straight line across the pitch. How we enjoyed it.

So it now comes to the retained list. How should it shape up?

Scott Loach: Has to be retained. Without him, we might have been facing relegation.
Mark Kitchen: Definitely coming on. Keeps going for the whole game.
Gavan Holohan: A good find. Keep him on.
Peter Kioso: Maintained his good start and will only get better.
David Edgar: Never took any risks but a good stop gap. Probably will seek another club.
Liam Noble: Good ball winner but distribution a bit wayward at times. Keep him.
Nicky Featherstone: Probably epitomises Pools’ inconsistency. When on song, Pools are brilliant.
Luke Molyneaux: A good loan signing. An integral part of Craig Hignett’s attacking approach. Shame he’ll probably be seeking a Football League club. But try and get him.
Nicke Kabamba: A fantastic loan signing. Lays the ball off well and more often than not is in the right place at the right time. Get him signed on.
Ryan Donaldson: Looks to have got better after given the captaincy. Many of the attacks on the right start with him.
Luke James: Now starting to find the net. A good striking partner for Nicke Kabamba. Slowly getting back to the player we knew before signing for Peterborough.
Carl Magnay: A difficult choice as to whether to retain him. Has been injured for much of the time.
"Strange how we can play like Barcelona against the top teams yet play like a pub side against the lower placed clubs."

In terms of incoming signings , we need a centre half. Could Michael Raynes return to Pools on a permanent basis? Certainly shows leadership qualities at the heart of the defence. The squad a it stands is paper thin and we might need further signings to cover injuries and suspensions.

So far as Salford City are concerned, I would have expected their supporters to have filled the Rink End given a remote possibility of guaranteed promotion. Despite having a reputation for being money bags, they could be built on shaky foundations. Their association with ex- Manchester United players certainly makes them a target for the cynics. Some Poolies even hope they get promotion through the play-offs on the basis that its good riddance to them.

Anyway, enjoy the close season and come back refreshed. Don’t get too stressed out being dragged round shops.

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