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Match report: Pools defeated at Salford

16 October 2021

Club News

Match report: Pools defeated at Salford

16 October 2021

Pools fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Peninsula Stadium as Elliot and Willock denied Pools their first away game of the season.


Despite some early possession it was a night mare start for Dave Challinor’s men after two minutes. Asante picked the ball up on the right hand side, delivered a dangerous ball to the back post and Elliot headed the ball into the ground and past Ben Killip to put the hosts ahead.


It didn’t get much better for Pools throughout the opening 45 minutes. Salford continued to dominate and win possession back from Pools easily. The Ammies once again came close on 30 minutes as a whipped ball into the area from Ash Hunter went all the way through and hit Killips post before bouncing back.


Ten minutes before the break, Dave Challinor had seen enough, a early sub was made with Zaine Francis-Angol off and former Ammie Mark Shelton on. A change of shape came with it with Pools reverting to 4-3-3.


The rest of the first half didn’t bring much more promise for Pools with Salford able to hold on to their 1-0 lead going into the break.


A half time change saw Goodwin come off for Mike Fondop as Pools looked for an equaliser.


The second half started a lot brighter for Pools as Fondop got involved with the link up play. The first big chance of the second half did fall to Salford as on 53 minutes, Asantes low effort was fantastically saved by the feet of Ben Killip.


Just five minutes later, Pools broke forward, Fondop found himself on the edge of the area but his strike was wide of the mark.


70 minutes gone and Pools had their biggest chance of the game as Holohan delivered the ball into the area and Fondops header just went wide.


On 83 minutes the game was as good as done as Salford broke forward, the substitute Willock was given all the time in the world to strike on the edge past Killip into the bottom corner and put the hosts two ahead.


Holohan had a late chance into injury time striking just past the post but Salford held on for all three points.


Attendance: 2,448 (1,019 Pools fans)


#Pools XI: Killip; Francis-Angol (Shelton), Byrne, Odusina; Ferguson, Sterry, Featherstone, Ogle; Daly, Grey (Holohan), Goodwin (Fondop)


Yellow card: Jamie Sterry


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