vs. Luton Town
All matches in 2004/05

Match Details

Friday, 8th October 2004
Kenilworth Road, Luton
2004/05 Coca-Cola Football League One
Match 12 of 46
Howard 36', Brkovic 61', McSheffrey 84' 
Attendance: 7865 (312 Pools fans)
Ref: Michael Ryan (Lancashire)
GOAL: Gary McSheffrey (3-0) GOAL: Ahmet Brkovic (2-0) GOAL: Steve Howard (1-0) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Gary McSheffrey (3-0) GOAL: Ahmet Brkovic (2-0) GOAL: Steve Howard (1-0) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

Pools travelled down to Bedfordshire for a Friday night meeting with their old manager Mike Newell`s league leaders on the back of three straight league defeats on the road, but with confidence high after a win against high-flying Hull City. But, despite a strong start, Pools were eventually defeated as the home side showed their class.

Pools started the game looking full of confidence and dominated the opening exchanges. But it was the home side who had the first real chances with Rowan Vine and Steve Robinson both bringing good saves out of Jim Provett. But Pools hit back and had several chances to take the lead. Alan Pouton and Eifion Williams both shot wide from good positions. Then Joel Porter got on the end of a Matty Robson cross but shot wildly over. An even better chance followed when Williams shot wide of an open goal after the Luton keeper Seremet had misjudged a long throw. Pools were made to pay for their profligacy when Luton took the lead against the run of play. Almost inevitably it was former Pools striker Steve Howard who got the goal. Robinson`s corner was whipped to the far post and HOWARD headed in his seventh goal against Pools since leaving the club.

Six minutes after the break Pools fell further behind. Provett couldn`t keep hold of Vine`s stinging effort, and Ahmet BRKOVIC tucked the rebound into the net. The home side gained strength form the second goal and dominated possession for most of the remaining minutes. With eight minutes left the score was given a flattering look when two Pools defenders collided on halfway and Gary MCSHEFFREY sprinted clear to score Luton`s third.

Ultimately it was a well deserved victory for the hosts but Pools were left to rue what might have been had they taken advantage of their early superiority.


Manager: Not known
9010000901-1 flag flag0881Dino Seremet
9020000901-1 flag flag0042Keith Keane
9030000901-1 flag flag0063Chris Coyne
9040000901-1 flag flag0014Curtis Davies
9050010901-1 flag flag0015Sol Davis
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Paul Underwood
9071000901-1 flag flag0537Ahmet Brkovic
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Kevin Nicholls
9091000901-1 flag flag0019Steve Howard
90100000901-1 flag flag00110Rowan Vine
90110010901-1 flag flag00511Steve Robinson
90121000901-1 flag flag00112Gary McSheffrey
90130000901-1 flag flag00113Stephen O'Leary
90140000901-1 flag flag02214Enoch Showunmi
Manager: Neale Cooper
9010000901-1 flag flag0011Jim Provett
9020000901-1 flag flag0012Micky Barron
9030000901-1 flag flag00118Matty Robson
9040000901-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler
9050010901-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
9060000901-1 flag flag00211Gavin Strachan
907000090146Gillinghamflag flag00117Alan Pouton
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9090000901-1 flag flag00614Joel Porter
90100000901-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd
90110000901-1 flag flag0039Eifion Williams
9012000000-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood
9013000000-1 flag flag00122Darren Craddock
9014000000-1 flag flag00130Stephen Turnbull
9015000000-1 flag flag00123Jack Wilkinson
9016000000-1 flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
10560650     1  flag flag0011Jim Provett21y 291d00
2026823093     1  flag flag0012Micky Barron29y 291d34
30246316     1  flag flag00118Matty Robson19y 259d11
4016431853     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler29y 350d3334
50502612     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson24y 194d33
60394484     1  flag flag00211Gavin Strachan25y 290d56
705060     1  flag flag00117Alan Pouton27y 250d01
8014641645     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys26y 313d2021
9025113013     1  flag flag00614Joel Porter25y 288d58
10046445450     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd22y 136d3334
1109871129     1  flag flag0039Eifion Williams28y 328d3438
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 272d

League Table

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