Date: 14th April 2010 at 9:35am
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A completely abject showing from Gary Ablett’s County side resulted in a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of struggling Hartlepool Utd who climbed closer to safety with the win.

Just under 15 minutes had gone when Joe Gamble was left free at the edge of the area, and a long throw-in found it’s way to the Irishman who drove the ball home from just outside the box. It was as simple as that for ‘Pools really.

The Hatters, winless in ten matches, were supported by just 69 hardy souls last night who either need a medal or to be seriously checked out by a doctor.

Jemal Johnson was a substitute after reports of a discipline problem meant he was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Yeovil.

Ex-County winger Leon McSweeney, one of the ‘Wembley heroes’, probably couldn’t believe his luck. Eager to prove a point against us, he couldn’t have had it easier.

His pin-point cross in the second half was nodded home by the impressive Andy Monkhouse.

David Perkins should have seen red for a second bookable offence, a petulant swipe at Monkhouse, but perhaps the referee felt pity on us. Everyone else does this season.

And just as the game was thankfully coming to a close, Sunderland loanee Roy O’Donovan found himself unbelievably unmarked in the centre of the park, and he strolled through the County defence to make it three.

Gary Ablett was defiant after the match, saying ‘he wouldn’t be walking away until someone shows him the door’ – aimed at the hopeful new owners of the 2015 Group.

As I’ve said, I really feel for Ablett but I’m not a fan. I’ve explained that a few times, the baffling tactics and substitutions etc…but some of the personal abuse he was getting last night on the Yellowboard for starters was a disgrace.

Regardless of what we think of him as a manager, this is a guy who’s been putting the effort in week in week out. It may not have been good enough, but then you can say the same about some of the performances from the players on the pitch as well.

To be personally insulting Ablett when he almost certainly won’t be here next year is pretty appalling.

For what it’s worth, in my opinion the 2015 Group have already made their mind up to replace him when they have control of the club. And I think he most probably knows it.

And it wouldn’t surprise me to see him resign before the season’s over.

And whether we wanted him here or not, at least we can be proud of the way we openly and personally vilified him, eh?


2 Replies to “Terrible County Well Beaten By Hartlepool”

  • Agreed again. The players he brought in, the Perkins’ and the Jabo’s, had looked like they could help turn it around for us, but steadily they’ve gone downhill and ended up just as mediocre as the rest of ’em. Time for changes.

  • As a pools fan 3-0 seemed harsh, you made 3 good goalscoring chances which all narrowly missed. I was thinking to myself – this must be the sort of luck they must have been getting all season. Well done to the travelling away fans. Good luck next season.

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