It's On, It's Definitely On!


After taking seven points against Notts County, Boreham Wood and Solihull Moors, a place in the play-offs beckons.

And we are better prepared under manager Dave Challinor than we have been for some time under his predecessors. At the moment we have nothing to complain about in the way he is doing things and he is even getting a tune from Xavi. Although getting him to lose a few clem has obviously helped.

Bringing Ben Killip back in goal has worked but I still have my doubts about him long term. Too small for me but he is doing a job at the moment.

It is very tight in the top half of the table at present with a number of teams capable of securing a place in the play-offs. But we are as good as some and better than most and it depends on whether we keep our bottle if we can get there. The manager has been there before and knows what it takes so we must hope he can steer us into the top seven. If teams like Barrow, Halifax and Harrogate are battling it out at the top then we have nothing to fear in this league.
"Pools really need to get out of this league this season as the longer a team stays in the National League the harder it becomes to get out of it."

Our five loan signings are all doing well and looking good business by Challinor and Luke Molyneux getting back to full fitness is as good as having a new signing. Good to see Aidan Keena on target again and he can be a big positive in our remaining games. Recommended to Pools by Jon Daly who worked with him as a coach at Hearts, Aidan will be a big success if he turns out to be half the footballer Daly was with Pools. If only Jon was ten years younger and looking for a club we would really be in business.

Although Stockport and Yeovil are up there challenging it is strange to see former league clubs Wrexham and Chesterfield struggling in the bottom half of the table. Pools really need to get out of this league this season as the longer a team stays in the National League the harder it becomes to get out of it. Our present squad is better than most clubs in the top nine and now we have got ourselves into this position we must surely make it count.

Challinor is already looking at the squad with a view to next season although which league the club are playing in will play a big part in his planning. I would assume most of the loan players we have at present would be targets for next season with Gary Liddle and Mark Shelton more or less certain to stay. Macaulay Southam-Hales would be a welcome addition with some powerful performances at right-back and is someone with genuine pace which is always welcome in the side.

Some of the fringe players like Cunningham, Kennedy, Bale, Richardson, Raynes, Anderson and the infamous Luke Williams look likely to be shown the exit door. If we are promoted I would add Killip, Featherstone and Donaldson to the list but it seems Challinor sees something in the latter two that most of us cannot see. Perhaps it is because they have been around when we were perennial losers for so long it may be time for a change. Which could be good for all parties.

Ebbsfleet on Saturday gives us the chance to get rare back-to-back victories and force our way into a play-off position. After so many let-downs over the years when something good was about to happen please don't let us down this time boys.

Come on you Pools!

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