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Match report: Wednesday Wonderland

1 December 2021

What a way to kick-off a new era at the club as Tony Sweeney led his side to a 3-0 win at Hillsborough.


Pools made a strong start as they dominated possession and they got their reward in the ninth minute. The corner ball came in from Eddy Jones, the ball made its way to the back post and Shelton was there waiting to head home his first goal of the season and put Pools ahead!


Just five minutes later, Pools couldn’t believe their luck. One long ball forward fell into the feet of Jones who tried to pass back to his keeper but the two teammates were on different wave lengths and the ball ended up in the back of the net to secure a perfect start for Antony Sweeneys side.


Pools continued to dominate and on 35 minutes, Joe Grey picked the ball on the edge of the area, his effort was well struck and parried away by Wildsmith.


Just two minutes later, Shelton swung a ball into the area and the on running Smith, right in front of goal put it wide to miss a huge chance.


The second half started with a triple change from the hosts as they looked to get back into the game.


Barry Bannan entered the field and controlled possession for the hosts but Pools defence stood firm and denied the Owls creating many chances.


60 minutes on the clock and Pools struck once again. A corner ball from the left came in, Odusina threw his body towards it before it fell to Stoke loanee man Will Goodwin who poked home to put Pools three goals ahead right in front of the travelling fans.


Despite Sheffield Wednesday continue to dominate possession. Pools pulled out a perfect performance to advance into the round of 16.


Pools: Mitchell, Sterry, Odusina, Hendrie, Francis-Angol (Byrne), Crawford, Smith, Shelton, Grey (Fondop), Goodwin (Fela)


Subs: Killip, Ogle, Byrne, Holohan, Ferguson, Fela, Fondop

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