Positive Attitude


After a succession of duds as managers it looks like Pools have got the right man in charge at last. And not a Borer connection in sight. Dave Challinor has made a successful start to his time in charge and the future is looking bright when he gets the chance to add a few players of his choice to the squad.

Our performance at Exeter coming from two down at half-time to earn a replay was something that would never have happened under previous failed regimes.

I see Craig Hignett is now claiming he was not fully supported by the owner last summer after being allowed to assemble one of the largest squads in the National League albeit top heavy with midfield players but for a man of his alleged superior football knowledge he must have known what he was doing. Because unlike the fans he would not get his football knowledge on the back of a postage stamp.

I wonder what he was thinking of when he took young Boro keeper Zach Hemming on loan in August and never gave him a game. Which pissed Borer off that much they recalled the player from his loan early, Now this is something Pools have got previous for, going back to the days of Tubby Turner when we would take players on loan and then not give them a game. It is a wonder there are any clubs left who are willing to loan us a player.

It is nice to see our present squad sharing the goals around and to have a striker like Gime Toure who looks like he could become our first 20-goal a season man for donkey's years. Indeed a striker bringing back memories of Ernie Phythian and Joe Allon.

Also I wonder who the imposter wearing the No 8 shirt is. It is certainly not the Xavi we love to hate and when he steps up to smack a goal in like the one at Exeter. For Featherstone to do something like that is totally out of character and must be down to the influence Dave Challinor is having on the squad. Let's hope this is not just a flash in the pan and he does not revert to the garbage he has been playing over the last five years.

Luke James is another who has shown a big improvement under the new manager. He is being played in a more central position rather than out wide under Hignett and looks a far better player for it.
"Barrow are top at the moment and no-one will convince me they are a better team than Pools"

Gav Holohan has been given his chance in midfield and is looking like he can do the job given an extended run in the team. It looks like Luke Williams and Luke Molyneux could be back in the squad before Christmas and both if they can get back to their best form can give a massive boost to the club.

We are settled in 10th position ready for a real push at the play-offs or better in the New Year. We will never have a better chance than this season with one of the weakest leagues for a while with no outstanding team in it. Barrow are top at the moment and no-one will convince me they are a better team than Pools; if they are the best the league has to offer then we have nothing to fear.

As for our FA Cup chance I think we can squeeze past Exeter, who don't travel well, in the replay and then it is on to Oxford in round three. An absolute shocker of a draw when all the lucrative ties were available. I don't know how long it is since we were drawn against one of the big teams. Boston or Rochdale get Newcastle at home and we get 'Orrible Oxford away from home. Looking at it pragmatically we can go there and get a draw and bring them back to the Vic to do 'em. And then, who knows, we get the draw we deserve and earn a bundle of cash out of it.

It was unfortunate that injury to Peter Kioso has kept him out of the side when he was enjoying a really successful season but it was good that Kenton Richardson was able to step in and not let anyone down. It augurs well for the strength of our squad when we have suitable replacements ready to come in for any injuries we may have.

So under Dave Challinor we look equipped to take on the second half of the season full of optimism and more than a good chance of regaining our Football League status.

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