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Posted Fri 04 Sep 09 at 21:36 PM

Three-sy Does It For Pools At Oldham

Pools put on an impressive show at Boundary Park this evening to take all three points from this League One clash with a well-deserved 3-0 victory.

Goals from James Brown, Leon McSweeny and Denis Behan sealed the win for Chris Turner's men, who looked confident and assured throughout.

Pools started the first half brightly and put on a display which was in stark contrast to that against Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

Turner's men were clearly fired up and out to consign Saturday's defeat to history and their positive, confident performance this evening did just that.

With Denis Behan and James Brown both busy up front and the midfield once again working well in support, Pools looked set to dominate.

There was a slight scare early on when former Poolie Keigan Parker just beat the offside trap to burst through on goal but with just Scott Flinders to beat, Parker put his effort wide of the far post when he should really have done better.

But Pools were soon back at the right end of the field - a great ball in from Peter Hartley finding the lively James Brown on the edge of the area and the in-form striker gave the hosts an indication of just what he is capable of when he turned well to unleash a pacy effort on goal which just zipped wide of the near post.

Mention must be made of Antony Sweeney who looked much brighter in the centre of midfield this evening and caused problems for the shaky home defence with a number of powerful runs forward.

There was another chance for Pools with less than twenty minutes on the clock; Brown nicked a stray ball in midfield to push on and shoot at goal and although his effort was blocked, the ball fell to strike partner Behan.

The Irish forward ran in from the right to fizz a stinging ball across the face of goal, which was just missed by the arriving pair of Monkhouse and Brown.

And with 21 minutes on the clock, the pressure finally paid off as Turner's men took a deserved lead - once again it was that man James Brown who hit the net.

Denis Behan out-muscled Andy Holdsworth for possession just to the edge of the box and squared it for Brown who looked up, picked his spot and smashed the ball past Dean Brill and into the back of the net.

And with the Oldham defence looking less than confident, Pools continued to press and looked the more likely to hit the second goal.

While former Darlington man Pawel Abbott hit a couple of strikes on goal for the hosts, Scott Flinders remained calm and was hardly troubled.

Andy Monkhouse, who was in menacing mood this evening, went desperately close to hitting his season opener when he rose to fire a bullet header in at goal from a well-placed Leon McSweeney corner. But with Brill beaten by the header, Alan Sheehan stuck out a foot on the line to just deny the Pools winger.

But the second goal did arrive in the 37th minute and it came from Leon McSweeney; a Hartley throw in set Monkhouse running down the left wing. He did well to get to the byline before whipping a teasing ball deep into the area where McSweeney was waiting at the far post to nod home. Dean Brill did get a touch to the effort but not enough to keep the ball out and McSweeney celebrated his debut League goal for Pools,

And so Pools went into the second half with a deserved 2-0 lead and a clear air of confidence on display.

As was to be expected, Oldham came out with a point to prove and there was a good chance for Pawel Abbott to pull a goal back but the striker headed over from close range.

Pools looked equaly as strong at the back and when called on to defend a little spell of pressure from the hosts just after the break, they did so with confidence.

When Pools were awarded a free kick 30 yards out on goal there was only ever going to be one taker and when Denis Behan steped forward one thing that was for certain - there would be power in the effort.

But instead of cannoning off the wall, the big striker's fierce strike screamed through the area, leaving Brill with no chance as it smashed into the back of the net.

The game went a little quiet after the third goal with the home fans subdued and the Oldham players losing the spirit they had come out with after half time.

Pools continued to do things right and Denis Behan nearly made it 4-0 when firing in a freekick from a similar position as his first rocket - this time his powerful strike went just narrowly wide of Brill's left-hand post as Oldham were just let off.

Alan Sheehan decided to take matters into his own hands when he twisted and turned his way inside the box before firing a curling effort in on goal but in a night when the forwards were making a grab for the headlines, Flinders made sure he'd get his share with a top-draw save to turn Sheehan's effort onto the post and maintain his impressive record away from home.

The travelling army of 268 Pools fans were well rewarded for their efforts this evening with a top winning performance from the team, which hopefully Turner's side can transfer back to The Vic in their next game against Wycombe Wanderers next Saturday.

Att: 4, 014 (268 Pools)

Pools: Flinders, Haslam, Collins, Liddle, Hartley, McSweeney (Boyd), Sweeney, Jones (Fredriksen 81), Monkhouse, Brown (Larkin 65), Behan
Subs: Cook, Clark, Fredriksen, Austin, Bjornsson, Boyd

Oldham Athletic: Brill, Worthington (Furman), Holdsworth, Hazell, Whitaker (Blackman 46), Abbott, Gregan, Parker, Colbeck, Marrow, Sheehan
Subs: Lomax, Furman, Lee, Brooke, Ollerenshaw, Bembo-Leta

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