vs. Walsall
All matches in 2004/05

Match Details

Tuesday, 7th December 2004
Bescot Stadium, Walsall
2004/05 Coca-Cola Football League One
Match 20 of 46
Fryatt 51', Leitao 69' 
Boyd 33' 
Attendance: 5522
Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
GOAL: Jorge Leitao (2-1) GOAL: Matty Fryatt (1-1) 2 substitutions GOAL: Adam Boyd (0-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Jorge Leitao (2-1) GOAL: Matty Fryatt (1-1) 2 substitutions GOAL: Adam Boyd (0-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

Another away game brought another defeat, Pools`s eighth in a row in the league, but an improved performance saw Neale Cooper`s side unlucky to lose out to Walsall.

After surviving some initial pressure that saw Ben Clark clear a Standing effort off the line, Pools began to dominate the play. The front pairing of Adam Boyd and Joel Porter, well supported by Sweeney and Humphreys caused many problems for the home defence. Humphreys brought a fine save from Murphy in the Saddlers goal and Porter had an effort blocked at the end of a lovely move involving Boyd and Sweeney. It was no surprise when Pools took the lead just after the half-hour mark. Porter picked up the ball in midfield and sprinted towards the box. As the closing defender lost his footing, Porter slipped the ball to BOYD whose 20-yard shot beat Murphy with the help of a slight deflection. For the remainder of the half Pools kept the hosts at bay and went into the break with a deserved lead.

Walsall started the second half strongly with player-manager Paul Merson at the centre of most of their best moves. Merson had looked lethargic before the break but now he was playing much better and, at his prompting, Walsall were playing with more invention. On 51 minutes it was Merson who created the equaliser when he headed Mark Wright`s cross-shot back across goal for substitute Matty FRYATT to force the ball into the net. Then with 20 minutes remaining, Merson`s precise chipped pass picked out Jorge LEITAO who lobbed the ball over the advancing Konstantopoulos for the winner.

It was harsh on a Pools side that had promised so much in the first half, but it left them still with just three points out of a possible 30 on their travels. Away form would have to improve if the team wanted to repeat their play-off push of the previous season.


Manager: Not known
9010000901-1 flag flag0041Joe Murphy
9020000901-1 flag flag0012Mark Wright
9030000901-1 flag flag0353Zigor Aranalde
9040000901-1 flag flag0014Ian Roper
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Julian Bennett
9060000901-1 flag flag0016Michael Standing
9070000901-1 flag flag0017Darren Wrack
9080000901-1 flag flag0048Mark Kinsella
9090000901-1 flag flag0019Gary Birch
90101000901-1 flag flag02910Jorge Leitao
90110000901-1 flag flag00111Paul Merson
90121000901-1 flag flag00112Matty Fryatt
Manager: Neale Cooper
9010000901-1 flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos
9020000901-1 flag flag00212Jack Ross
9030000771-1 flag flag00119John Brackstone-77
9040000901-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood
9050000901-1 flag flag00117Ben Clark
9060000771-1 flag flag00211Gavin Strachan-77
9070000901-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9090000901-1 flag flag00614Joel Porter
90101000901-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd
90110000901-1 flag flag00115Antony Sweeney
901200077901-1 flag flag00125Andy Appleby+77
901300077901-1 flag flag0023Hugh Robertson+77
9014000000-1 flag flag00122Darren Craddock
9015000000-1 flag flag00120Steven Istead
9016000000-1 flag flag0011Jim Provett
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
1060110     1  flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos26y 8d00
2092113     1  flag flag00212Jack Ross28y 185d00
3072112     1  flag flag00119John Brackstone19y 302d01
4022472597     1  flag flag0016Chris Westwood27y 298d57
503161     1  flag flag00117Ben Clark21y 318d00
60434545     1  flag flag00211Gavin Strachan25y 350d56
7017231963     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler30y 44d3335
8015441765     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys27y 7d2021
9032124114     1  flag flag00614Joel Porter25y 348d711
10153446450     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd22y 196d
110287377     1  flag flag00115Antony Sweeney21y 93d58
1200405     1  flag flag00125Andy Appleby19y 57d11
130231251     1  flag flag0023Hugh Robertson29y 263d66
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 63d

League Table

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