A Lucky Point

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 1 Chesterfield 1  (National League)
Tuesday 24 September 2019
Victoria Park

After Saturday's chaos we needed a bounce back and Chesterfield, you would think looking at their form, would have been the answer.

A Pools side, re-jigged after suspensions, looked in the early stages seemed to be making a game of it. We played some good football in the opening fifteen minutes but lacked any threat on goal. The visitors went close with their tall striker who headed wide of the post. 

Pools gained an early lead when Hawkes, who in my opinion has not really made his mark on the team since pre-season good form, sent in a corner and after a scramble Kioso forced it over the line. Just what we needed. Sadly, Pools did not press home their advantage and on the half- hour the game was level with a header at the back post from their tall striker Denton. Thankfully in their celebration in front of the Town End they did not taunt the fans but once again the ref let the celebrations go on too long.

After the goal it was all Chesterfield as Pools could not hold onto the ball with poor passing and taking turns to hit long balls out of play, Killip being guilty of this practice far too many times. Both teams were wasting possession and breaking down down at crucial times and the game was very flat. I thought Higgy was in the stands after being sent off so maybe he is appealing but he was not in his customary position in the technical area - not that his presence would have made any difference as McNamee seemed to be running the show.
"we were lucky to come away with a point"

The game was crying out for a different approach as both teams were struggled but the visitors looked more likely to score than Pools as they lifted their game late in the second half, sensing a win was on the cards.

Whether it was Hignett or McNamee who sent on Noble with ten minutes left and Luke James with two minutes left. it was too little too late. A flash at goal by Hawkes that hit the keeper was all we could offer and in the end we were lucky to come away with a point. Once again bottom teams come to the Vic and get a result.

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