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Orient Must Win But Can We?
17 April 2017 11:35 Post ID: #111435
Simon Walton
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So its siht or bust time. Are Pools any good at handling pressure? Orient basically playing for pride? Fingers and toes crossed but I just cant see us getting three points today. I wonder if it will be similar to the Morcambe game? We dominate but only score one and then conceding some sort of daft goal. We more than likely in bottom two by tea time. Hope I'm wrong
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17 April 2017 13:25 Post ID: #111436 - in reply to #111435
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Play the right people in their strongest position achieving a good balance, maintaining shape and staying disciplined should get us the three points we need.
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17 April 2017 13:44 Post ID: #111437 - in reply to #111435
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With Cheltenham 2-0 up at least we know what we have to do.
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17 April 2017 14:53 Post ID: #111438 - in reply to #111435
Simon Walton
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Now where did I put those rosary beads?
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17 April 2017 15:21 Post ID: #111439 - in reply to #111435
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Well that's the first of my both teams to score in. Defence needs looking at.
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17 April 2017 15:36 Post ID: #111440 - in reply to #111435
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That's us put firmly in our place. Same old same old, concede in [almost] quick concession.
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17 April 2017 15:56 Post ID: #111441 - in reply to #111435
Simon Walton
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2-1 at half time and they are battering us (11 shots, 5 on target and 58% possession). We cant claim we are unlucky. So looks like we will lose to the worst team in the League so you cant really argue we deserve anything but relegation. Plymouth doing us a favour by beating Newport is keeping us out of the bottom two but at the end of the day we really are pish poor. I wonder if the players realize they are in a relegation battle yet? I expect Jones will say, "Its still in our hands".
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17 April 2017 16:22 Post ID: #111442 - in reply to #111435
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Two penalty shouts turned down and Jeff intimating he could work harder. We'll get out exactly what we put in, we're putting nowt in.
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17 April 2017 16:58 Post ID: #111443 - in reply to #111435
Simon Walton
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Isnt it funny that teams going through a bad run always find their form when they play us?
So after todays lamentable "performance" we have three must win games left. Barnet at home might get a draw, Cheltenham away nailed on defeat, Doncaster promotion party, nailed on loss.

Dunno if I can be arsed to take an interest in Nationwide football.
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17 April 2017 18:57 Post ID: #111445 - in reply to #111435
Luke James
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Losing today, probably, wasn't that surprising Pools have a long and in-glorious history of failing to turn up for the "must" win games against p1$$ poor opposition!

Saturday's game against Barnet has now taken on a "do or die" proportion, hopefully the players realise they are not only playing for Pools' League future, but also their own futures as professional footballers.

Keep the Faith!
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17 April 2017 19:08 Post ID: #111446 - in reply to #111435
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He's actually taken a poor team and made them worse, absolutely unbelievable.
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17 April 2017 20:09 Post ID: #111447 - in reply to #111445
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In answer to Old Pooolie who referred to the fact they are playing for their status a pro footballers I would argue that the problem is most of them will just find new clubs after we are relegated and those who cant will stay and get a pay packet in the Nationwide League. By all accounts, they dont seem to give a flying feck: relegated or not, doesn't matter to them. Relegated to us life long fans is an absolute catastrophe and is depressing as fook.

Edited by Alfalfa 17/4/2017 20:12
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17 April 2017 21:55 Post ID: #111448 - in reply to #111435
Luke James
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I don't want to accept that we will be relegated, though I know how probable this is.

Hopefully, if the inevitable does happen then the club will remain full-time and a resurgence similar to that achieved by Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham can be secured and return to Football League within a season.

To respond to Alfalfa's post, I think part of the problem is that most of the squad already know their fate, as far as Pools are concerned, at the end of the season, irrespective of which competition we are in next season.
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17 April 2017 22:51 Post ID: #111450 - in reply to #111446
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billytwodogs - 17/4/2017 19:08

He's actually taken a poor team and made them worse, absolutely unbelievable.


That's the simple fact of the matter.

Taking off Amond for Rodney today has to be one of the worst substitutions I've ever seen. I can't even contemplate how he could have thought that was the right call.

For a man of his experience to be making such errors week in, week out shows we've made the wrong decision appointing him. At least Hignett had the benefit of being a rookie and had a style of play - even if it was never going to work with fourth division footballers.

We've gone so far backwards it's unreal.

The way he sets the team up is like he's trying to play people in their least effective position. Lumping balls up to Amond when he's all alone, having a player like Oates on the wing when his strength is hassling people not crossing the ball. It's all wrong.

We were played off the park today by the youth team of the worst side in England.

Off the field we need to start putting pressure on Coxall and co for the way they are driving our club into the ground. Even if we stay up this season it'll be more of the same next year because of their financial mismanagement.
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17 April 2017 22:54 Post ID: #111451 - in reply to #111435
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Oh, and Liam Donelly squaring up to the referee. What a shameful incident. Really topped it all off.

I don't think a football club looking to have a reputation as a fair or family club can keep employing people who act like that. Disgusting.
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18 April 2017 00:10 Post ID: #111453 - in reply to #111435
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Not condoning it in any way it was disgraceful; but at least he showed he cared, unlike some of our more experienced professionals.
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18 April 2017 08:15 Post ID: #111454 - in reply to #111435
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Absolutely abysmal defending for both goals, literally schoolboy stuff. What were Deverdics and Donnelly doing? Both let the wide man run free, no way should that ball get into the box, they should have been tight pushing him out not allowing him to do whatever he wanted.

The second, Harrison going to ground? A defender can do nothing effective from that position, but for the others to leave a striker unmarked in the box absolutely unbelievable.

HUFC is not a football club it's a refuge for the criminally insane.

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