As usual a candid and forthright interview with Sarll ahead of today's game. He calls the league programme "stupid" and " scandalous, absolutely scandalous". He's regularly had to give several players (Matt Worthington in particular) "a bit of an old-fashioned size nine up the harris at half time". We still haven't got a fully-qualified, full time physio. We haven't got any money to bring any more players in and we may have 5 out today leaving 14 fit with 4 first year pros who were academy players last year.
Didn’t realise Barrow played it out from the back these days. We were poor in the first half and Barra seemed to get in behind our full backs fairly often.
Turned it around in the 2nd half, Barrow did their best to give us as many chances as possible with some questionable defending. We had Ferdinand booked for diving which looked a nailed on penalty - would like to see the highlights. No doubt about our actual penalty though, one of the most obvious you’ll ever see.
Overall the better side definitely won. Hartlepool should have been at three up at half time having also hit the woodwork a couple times and could have grabbed another in the second half but for an absolutely outstanding save from our keeper.
One of those games where I think our inexperience showed. First half Hartlepool were easily the better side, Toure in particular looked dangerous. We couldn't get our passing game together (partly thanks to some good work by Hartlepool) and spent most of the half pumping long balls against a bit of a wind that were easily dealt with by Raynes, et al. Second half we switched formations and got back in to the game more, leading to a well worked goal by Reid. After that we looked the team more likely to grab a winner until Kioso's well taken goal. After that we resorted back to hopeful balls in to the box but didn't have any success other than a Niate header that he directed straight at Killip.
Overall thought Hartlepool looked like a good all-round team for this level, and looked particularly dangerous at set pieces. The only player I wasn't sure about was Killip, who didn't have much to challenge him all game but looks like one of those players who looks a bit of a potential liability, losing his rag and getting wound up at the slightest thing on a couple of occasions and was lucky not to get worse than a booking in injury time for a bit of handbags and pushing one of our players.