Easy Winners

Match report by RUNNING MONKEY

Pools 2 Barnet 0 (National League)
Saturday 26 October 2019
Victoria Park

Not a lot to write home about in this one other than Sweeney bagging six points in two league games and a dip into the next round of the cup.

It was a bright start from the visitors and they looked a decent side apart from the two big centre halves that were going to sit and protect Loach. I think I only saw him take about three kicks up field in the first half as the ploy was to roll it out to the defenders and let them distribute it.
Pools hit them early on when a ball from Luke James set Kabamba with an easy strike past Scott Loach. A bit like the egg chasers early in the day when they scored past the All Blacks and never looked back.

Loach was applauded
by the Town End
Sweeney looks as if he has a nice balance in the side and they look a different outfit going forward. The players look more relaxed on the ball and even Featherstone was in the running for Man of the Match, according to the Ditchburn. Apart from the two goals from Kabamba, who picked up the prize, I would have chosen Kioso as he was magnificent today. The manager had made changes and is not what you might call a “select my favorite player" man as TourĂ© and Hawkes were dropped.

The Ditchy commented on the ref's decision to allow us to play on after a foul on Donaldson which led to the second goal when Kabamba shot another one past Loach, putting Pools on easy street. It could have been three as Kerr, who is not shy when coming forward, cracked a beauty off the bar just before the break that Loach could only watch bounce over the top.

After the break a great move could have put Pools three up when the in-form Kabamba broke into the box and blasted a shot that Loach was able to block. One comment from a wag was that this was the best game Loach had played at the Vic. The visitors were getting rattled as Pools controlled the game and gave very few openings to them as we were solid both in defence and midfield.
"For most of the second half Pools just held onto the ball and the visitors could do little about it"

The visitors racked up a few bookings and were soon down to ten men when a two-footed tackle on Kioso down the Mill House side saw the ref pull out a yellow and then a red card which the player thoroughly deserved. He was a bit of a show-boater and often Pools defenders stood and watched as he went through his step overs and sideways stepping till he ran out of tricks and lost the ball. He looked as if he was thinking he was a better player than he actually was. To be honest I thought Barnet showed very little commitment - or was it just that Pools had a good day and made them look poor?

For most of the second half Pools just held onto the ball and the visitors could do little about it; one low shot kept Killip on his toes but he was equal to it. Loach was the busiest keeper, having to deal with a Pools team pressing them back. Mafuta, Raynes and Touré, who came on as as sub, all tested the ex-Pools man but Pools ran out easy winners, which looks good for Sweeney.

Three out of three and no goals against looks like the Manager of the Month title could be on its way, but we know what normally follows that for a Pools manager. I even saw a comment from Sir Jeff that Sweeney should be given a chance, yet the news is that Challinor is coming in this week so I hope he keeps Sweeney in as no 2.

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