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0 - 0
Rotherham 0 0

Bloomfield Road


Attendance: 5,934


Watching paint dry is a term often used too loosely for me so I'll use another phrase. Todays match was like watching a piece of bread go mouldy and stale without taking your eye off it.

Pathetic! One word to explain everything about today. A relegation dog fight with no passion and no ideas. If Pool want to stay up, they'll have to perform better than they did today against a team who are second bottom, down to ten men, with a caretaker manager and losing their battle against the bank manager.

FIRST HALF: Rotherham looked the better side from start to finish, as they entered the game looking very confident, passing the ball around like a top two side, not a bottom two. A cheeky free kick by the outstanding Michael Keane was well dealt with by Peter Clarke. Shortly after, the seasoned Paul Shaw struck just over. A further chance for Shaun Barker was headed just over. Blackpool never looked in control.

The only ray of hope in the opening half was Keith Southern's well hit shot that was smartly tipped over by Gary Montgomery. Then Paul Shaw again missed the target, before being taken off for Jonathan Forte.

Then the only talking point of the game, Martin Butler's sending off. Challenging for a high ball with Neil Woods, Butler appeared to lash out with his elbow and send Woods to the floor clutching his face. The referee proceeded to wave play on, before the fourth offical intervened and pointed out to Mr. Walton that Butler had to walk. A good example of what a fourth offical should be.

Going in at half time 0-0 was slighty lucky for Pool, who had been played off the park.

SECOND HALF: The home crowd, wanting something from their side became restless, wanting some passion. This did not come. But after watching another ten minutes of boredom Simon Grayson brought Rory Prendergast and Simon Wiles on for Neil Woods and Ian Morris. This was greeted with booing from the North Stand. It now meant that Jason Wilcox was to play centre midfield to allow Prendergast to occupy the left wing. A crazy decision by the management. There was now no chance of players breaking from midfield with Wilcox and Southern in the middle.

Pool then had almost all the possesion for the rest of the game but failed to make any impact on Colin Murdock and Shaun Barker at the heart of the Rotherham defence. Keigan Parker was then brought off for Matthew Blinkhorn. A change that alienated the midfield and attack, with long balls being played instead of through balls. Clearly this is not the way to play against ten men. Another managerial error.

Then Rotherham broke away with Micheal Keane who made a mockery of the Blackpool defencive line, only to run the ball straight to Lee Jones.

Pool then won a corner which wasn't cleared, only for Peter Clarke to miss a golden oppurtunity infront of goal. Chipping the ball up, and before he could hit it, Montgomery tipped it wide.

Then in the last minute, Rory Prendergast was denied a penalty, after he had gone over a Rotherham leg. Jason Wilcox also saw an effort fly wide.

A poor performance, not the type that will keep us up.

Star Player

Well normally I give it to the best Pool player, but today I'm going to give Michael Keane the award of Man Of The Match.

He completley bossed the game, given a free role by manager Alan Knill, and his all round game looked superb. He broke when needed, broke up play when needed and passed the ball well. Best player on the pitch by a mile. As an ex North Ender, he wanted to show their bitter rivals what he could do and he did.

Player Ratings

Lee Jones

7/10 Did whatever was needed of him. Good save from Keane and foiled Forte on numerous occasions.

Danny Warrender

8/10 I thought he played the best he has had in ages. Good in defence and also good breaking out of his position. He did have the odd lapse but is young and will learn.

Andy Taylor

4/10 Absolute shocker! A complete transformation from Yeovil. Two bits of play late on summed him up:
1. Throwing the ball straight to Forte on the halfway line (that has to be seen to be belived!).
2. Last minute, when a ball is needed in the box, and with acres of space, he squares the ball to Wilcox, letting the ref blow for full time.

Peter Clarke

6/10 Did OK, but never looked in control of any of the strikers he picked up. Butler, Shaw and Forte all caused him problems.

Tony Butler

6/10 Would be a decent player with a bit of pace. Did Ok though.

Keith Southern

7/10 Tried to get hold of the game, but was difficult with about eight other players playing poorly around him.

Neil Woods

5/10 Lack-luster. Never stamped his authority.

Ian Morris

5/10 A passenger all game. Should have been given a go on the left though.

Jason Wilcox

4/10 Why he wasn't taken off instead of Morris I'll never know! He needs to be dropped.

John Murphy

6/10 Worked hard but didn't have enough service.

Keigan Parker

5/10 Didn't get going, but should have been kept on.

Rory Prendergast

7/10 Did very well. Looked fresh and lively.

Simon Wiles

6/10 Did OK, had one good run. Missed a good chance also.

Matthew Blinkhorn

5/10 Was hard for him but I don't belive he is a League one footballer.

Manager Rating

Simon Grayson - 4/10 Serious doubts are creeping in to my mind whether he is up to the job or not. Seems to be making too many rash decisions, and Tony Parkes is employing too many defencive tactics.

Opponent Rating

Alan Knill - 7/10 Seems to be getting his team to play neat stuff and they looked a good side. Looks to have his defence sorted and the midfield looked well balanced. If Butler and Shaw had stayed on for 90 minutes, I know who would have won the game.

A game we didn't deserve to win. A point was fair. Port Vale is a vital game now.

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Date:Saturday March 11 2006
Time: 10:21PM


Spot on in all aspects - I knew after frist 5 mins what this game was going to be like - all Rotherham
12/03/2006 14:27:00
Spot on in all aspects - I knew after frist 5 mins what this game was going to be like - all Rotherham
12/03/2006 14:27:00
Good write up. I feel sorry for anyone who had to write about this game.
12/03/2006 16:30:00
Good write up. I feel sorry for anyone who had to write about this game.
12/03/2006 16:30:00
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