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27 August 2017 09:14 Post ID: #111666
Luke James
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The Travelers who were moved on from their pitch in Pools' car park, just ahead of the start of the season, have left a curse on the club!
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27 August 2017 10:54 Post ID: #111667 - in reply to #111666
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That would explain a lot though probably not Harrison's lack of understanding of the basics of football management.
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27 August 2017 11:47 Post ID: #111668 - in reply to #111666
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That's alright in theory but in practice we're still poo
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07 September 2017 14:17 Post ID: #111684 - in reply to #111666
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The Curse, strikes again!!!!

Jake Cassidy, one of the better summer recruits, is to be sidelined until Christmas ( 8 weeks) with a stress fracture in his foot.
Hopefully, Oates and Simpson can step up and prove their worth.
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08 September 2017 21:58 Post ID: #111685 - in reply to #111666
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Barring injuries picked up midweek, think we have to stick with those from last week.

Obviously Daggers will be different gravy, with them being only one of two unbeaten sides in this league. Top of the league with 3 away draws and an away win out of four away days suggests they are well organised and well drilled not to lose away from home.

Difficult game, a good yardstick to see if we're progressing, but still winnable.
Same as last week please.

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09 September 2017 21:24 Post ID: #111686 - in reply to #111666
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You know you're in for a long season, winning two on the bounce, after the start we had, then having to face the unbeaten league leaders then beating them & ending their unbeaten run, and moving up only one place.

I'm grateful for small mercy's but I think we deserve more for our efforts. We, in the last three games, have worked extremely hard and have thoroughly deserved what we got, as we did in the first few games, got what we deserved.

Point is we can't let this dishearten us, we are on the move no doubt and have to use this to propel us forward. Three points off the top half, not a great achievement, but building confidence all the time.

Massive learning curve for the manager and there is a lot to learn but the left side is still a concern. Frank's, although his goal came from that side, I think is more potent on the other side. Rodney isn't the answer down there, maybe later in his career, Oates may be for the minute?

We can live with the footballing sides it's the 'rugby' teams we can't cope with.
A point each from the next two away games will still be moving forward seeing as though, before today, we were facing the top three sides in our next three games.

Still maintain there's nothing to fear other than hard work.

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09 September 2017 23:22 Post ID: #111687 - in reply to #111666
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The Maidenhead game was on BT TV so I was able to watch the match. We were well beaten by a well organised team with a razor sharp striker. I would not describe them as a rugby team. We were shockingly poor that day.We were slower to the ball and indecisive when we had possession so the ball was often given away. Their manager substituted their CF after he lost it after being elbowed in the face by one of our defenders: we have players who are prepared to mix it if necessary. Watson and Ledger have added strength and reliability to the centre of our defence which was pish poor when Harrison and the other lad(forget his name) were playing. Franks has added just about enough threat in our attack but while things are going well at the moment, Franks cant do it by himself every game. With no Cassidy we need Rodney, Oates,Donaldson Mumms etc to start earning their wages. The revival is great news but we still have issues which need resolving if we are to get anywhere near the play offs.
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13 September 2017 08:02 Post ID: #111688 - in reply to #111666
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My theory is: we were so bad in those opening games we would have made Bedlington terriers look like Barcelona.

We've turned a corner but the league is absolutely wide open. With the top three before Saturday's game not even occupying any of the top five berths today, two of them dropping out of the playoff places all together.

There's a long long way to go and with hard work, resilience and high aspirations we'll be there or there abouts. 'Slow and steady wins the race'

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02 December 2017 17:47 Post ID: #111808 - in reply to #111666
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Thought with today's news about Featherstone and George it was worth resurrecting this thread. Since my initial post in August we've lost Magnay for an extended period for a hernia op, Donaldson to a bad ankle injury, Watson to a (POOLS) career threatening knee injury, and Franks to, what appears for Pools players obligatory, a hamstring strain. Not to mention the knocks sustained by Adams, Newton, etc.

Certainly, not the luckiest sequence of events on the injury front.
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02 December 2017 18:54 Post ID: #111809 - in reply to #111666
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Adams and Newton always seem to be injured. George has dodgy hamstring, he missed the first part of the season and has only started about 4 games so him being injured is what you would expect. Watson arrived with a poor injury record. Magnay gets injured a lot. Featherstone is the only one you mention who is generally free from injury so him being out is a genuine surprise. What makes me laugh is the lad Thorne, signed on a short term contract but is injured and has never been near the first team.
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