Our Best for Years


As we spring into April and the world is beginning to look a better place Covid-wise, Pools sit second in the league table and are looking an excellent bet for the play-offs. Things are on the up.

Although automatic promotion is looking a tough call with Sutton going so strongly, not so long ago it was Torquay well out in front but they have certainly found a few bumps in the road. At the present time the league looks like Sutton's to lose with a four-point lead and games in hand but we just have to keep winning games and hope for the best, not forgetting we have to play them before the end of the season.

What we have discovered this season is that we have the right manager in charge after some of the flotsam we had before Raj Singh got it right in appointing him and let us hope we can keep him at the club for some considerable time.

We have a decent looking squad with perhaps a more attacking midfielder, speedy striker and cover at left back the only additions needed to turn a decent squad into a really good one. I am still not convinced by our captain Donaldson and stand-in captain Xavi who are definitely weak links in the team. For the life of me I can't understand why Xavi gets a game in place of Tom White who looks a real prospect.
"The sooner we get out of this tinpot league the better. Let's hope Dave and the boys can make it this season."

Ben Killip in goal divides opinion and we are always likely to concede from a corner as he stays rooted to his line, giving big attackers the perfect opportunity to head home. Granted, he is a tidy shot-stopper but his lack of height is a big problem. I would prefer Heinrich Rivas, who is a big item, to be in goal and come and clean out attackers from corners and crosses into the area.

I see Dover finally got punished for calling off fixtures. 12 points deduction and a £40,000 fine although I would like to know how a club that is skint will pay a fine of that size.

The way this whole situation has been handled says it all about this jumpers-for-goalposts league. The sooner we get out of this tinpot league the better. Let's hope Dave and the boys can make it this season.

Do good to see Luke Williams back in a Pools shirt and lets hope he can stay fit for the rest of the season and weigh in with a few goals. One player who has proved a few people wrong this season is Rhys Oates. There were quite a few groans when we re-signed him last summer. But he seems to have found his level in this league and his pace is a big problem for opposition defenders. He is never going to be a consistent goal scorer but he gives 100 per cent effort and now and again will come up with a special goal. Definitely a good man to have in the squad.

Talking of squad players I think Mason Bloomfield has been badly under-used. Not the most elegant of strikers, he can be a real nuisance and a problem for opposition defenders and make chances for the rest of the team. Likewise Claudio Ofusu, who has been out of the picture for a long while but came on as a substitute against Stockport County. He is a very good option to bring on late on in the game with his tricks and extra pace - definitely one to call on if we need a late goal.

With the season coming into its final phase it's now time for one final push and let's see if Sutton can hold their nerve.

Come on you Pools!

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