100% League Record Goes After Poor Performance
Sometimes it's just not your night, and last night it wasn't 'Pool's. We just couldn't seem to get going, and never really got at Derby - preferring to pass the ball square/back rather than running or passing the ball forward/into space. Not pretty viewing.
By contrast, Derby were well organised, tight at the back and threw numbers forward when they could, attacking with pace and confidence. In many ways, an exemplary away performance from Nigel Clough's side.
Following his error on Sunday, Craig Cathcart was dropped, with Matt Hill replacing. Chris Basham came onto the bench, as did Tom Ince.
The game, all told, was boring, with few chances at either end... I legitimately can't think of anything to tell you about the first half!
Moving into the second half, Kevin Phillips fizzed one wide from distance, whilst the other end Jamie Ward hit the bar with a great effort from 25 yards.
Billy Clarke was then sent on for Brett Ormerod, who it pains me to say is now 'past it' at this level - it looks like his legs have gone.
Matt Hill - otherwise impressive - then gave a freekick away close to our 18 yard box, and Steven Davies fired it in. Matt Gilks palmed it away, but a static Seasiders defence had failed to track Craig Bryson who ran in and tapped home the rebound.
Tom Ince then replaced Elliot Grandin as 'Pool tried to get back into the game, but it was only really Gary Taylor-Fletcher who attacked with any real vigour.
Craig Sutherland then replaced Hill late on, but it was too little, too late - the 100% record had gone.
A much better performance will be required this Saturday at Brighton.