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Pools Make It Three Wins In A Row

9 September 2017

Pools put in a hardworking and patient display to pick up all three points against in-form Dagenham & Redbridge at The Vic this afternoon

Jonathan Franks got the only goal of the game, showing a great piece of class to chip the keeper and bag the winner with 75 minutes gone. 

It was a breathless first half here at The Vic as both teams put their all into an entertaining forty-five minutes.

Scott Loach pulled off two early saves to deny the visitors; first sending a Morgan Ferrier effort out wide for a corner and then getting down quickly to block our Kevin Lokko’s close-range shot from the corner.

Pools were then straight up the other end with a corner of their own; Nicky Deverdics whipped a great ball in from the left that picked out Keith Watson who saw a headed effort crash against the crossbar and bounce down just the wrong side of the line.

While the tempo eased a little, the game remained a fierce contest with a real edge between the two sides.

The visitors had the better of the chances on goal but Pools looked strong in defence and, again lead by the impressive Keith Watson, made sure the Daggers were made to work hard for a chance on goal.

Jonathan Franks sent a pacy freekick into the box which picked out young striker Connor Simpson who had got up highest, but his header went over the bar.

Scott Loach was back in action later in the half as he pulled off a great save to deny the lively Fejiri Okenabirhe who had latched onto a chip over the top to go through on the keeper. Loach, who has impressed for Pools so far this season, threw himself to his right and kept the ball out of his net.

Okenabirhe, who was the biggest threat for John Still’s side got in again to send a shot in from just outside the box but his strike went over the bar.

Watson did well to block another shot, this time from Jake Howells as Pools stood firm to the break and the teams went in at 0-0.

Shortly after the re-start, Watson was in action again, chasing back with Corey Whitely to stop the cross from the right of the box as the Daggers started the second half on top.

With the visitors upping their pressure going forward, Loach got down to save from Morgan Ferrier at the post as the Daggers forward looked for space against Magnay.

Ferrier fed the ball forward for Okenabirhe who looked to be offside but with the absence of a flag, the attacked continued and in the end, it was another good block from Watson which saw the effort go high over the bar.

Harrison’s side continued their hard work to keep the visitors at bay and put in real shift to stop the Daggers from taking a lead.

And Pools’ patience paid off in the 75th minute when the in-form Jonathan Franks got the third goal since his return to the Club.

A great ball Nicky Deverdics set the move away and, when the ball picked out Franks on the edge of the box he had Mark Cousins running out of his goal to close down. But Franks showed his class as he chipped the ball over the keeper and watched on as it nestled into the far corner to give Pools the lead.

Scott Loach pulled off another save just after the goal, this time blocking from Lokko who met a corner to get a header at goal.

Rhys Oates, on as sub in the 55th minute, burst down the right to open things up for Pools before feeding it infield for Franks who was bursting into the box. The ball just escaped the attentions of Franks but did frind the hardworking Michael Woods who followed up but he couldn’t get enough on the shot and watched it go wide.

As the visitors threw everything forward in the final minutes of the game, Michael Ledger put a great challenge in inside the box to clear the danger and the young defender knew the importance of the clearance as he celebrated as the ball left his feet. 

It was a real determined and dogged performance from Harrison's side, who worked hard all afternoon and had that extra bit of class in Jonathan Franks to get the winner. 

With three wins in succession now, Pools next face a midweek trip to Wrexham. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Attendance: 3366 (82 Dagenham & Redbridge)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Watson, Ledger, Deverdics (Donnelly 85), Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Rodney (Donaldson 67), Franks, Simpson (Oates 55).
Subs Not Used: Newton, Munns.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Pennell (Nunn 71), Robson, Robinson, Whitely (Adams 66), Ferrier, Okenahirhe (Romaine 74), Boucaud, Lokko, Ling, Howells.
Subs Not Used: Justham, N’Gala. 

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