The Opposition View - Hartlepool
As Wycombe bask in the glow of yesterday's stunning 5-0 win over Hartlepool United, here are some views on the game from Pools' manager Neale Cooper and a few of their fans.
"From the minute it kicked off to the minute it finished, everyone was terrible," said a clearly shocked Cooper.
"I've just praised the back four, how well they've done, and then they look like they've never played together."
"Everyone was poor today, everyone."
"We couldn't have prepared better, we looked really sharp in training yesterday, we had a nice rest last night, then we had a good warm up today and there was a good buzz. And then bang, totally useless from the first minute to the end."
"It was nothing to do with tactics or anything, it was just everyone had a shocker."
"These things happen in football and today we just gave them everything they got. Every goal they got was our mistake, I have never seen a team defend as badly as that."
"I was really angry but after the game I've got to pick them up because to be honest they know every one of them was woeful today."
The Hartlepool fans were unhappy at our use of the loan system.
The following extracts are taken from The Poolie Bunker and Vital Hartlepool.
"Wycombe had four new loan signings playing today, all of which have been signed during an 'emergency' loan window. Surely the fact that your team has been hopeless for the last few months doesn't count as a good enough reason to bring in as many players as you like?"
Smokin Joe wrote:
"Wycombe knew that they were in the sh*t and obviously addressed the problem by going out and signing 3 or 4 experienced (and obviously quality) loan players - something that Neale Cooper would NEVER be permitted to do. This is not the first time that we have come a cropper at a struggling Wycombe side. They are nothing more than a yo-yo club who revert between L1 and L2 purely on the strength of loan signings - like too many other southern clubs."
"Referring to the loanees, I heard that Charlton offered Hayes and Doherty, (both of whom would walk into our team), because they want Wycombe to take points off the teams around them. On Doherty's performance today, admittedly the only time I have seen him, he controlled the game from start to finish. He was superb."
The Fat Man wrote:
"Doherty was deservedly MOTM. He didn't put a foot wrong, challenged for everything and kept it simple. And he scored. If we had two of him at the back, we wouldn't have conceded the first two goals which were really defensive errors."
"Absolutely diabolical, every player had a bad day. The record books will say Wycombe scored 5 today but I disagree with that. What they should say is Pools gifted Wycombe 5 goals because they didn`t have to create or work for any of them, simple as that."
"To put my feelings into perspective. Imagine you've got up at an unholy hour to travel a considerable distance, at considerable expense to witness today's game against a side firmly entrenched in the bottom four, only to find your team on the end of its biggest hiding of the season!"
Aberdeen Pools wrote:
"It's really embarrassing losing so badly to the worst team in the division."
"We are a club no bigger than Wycombe and shouldn't get all big time Charlie about being given a hiding just because they're bottom of the league. If Alfreton had battered us 5-0 then I'd be indignant but they didn't and I'm not."
"I have to say in nearly 50 years of supporting Pools - that was the worst performance I have ever seen."
Poolie of Kent wrote:
"Absolutely terrible. The heaviest away defeat I have seen in nearly 20 years of watching Pools' away games in the South East. Wycombe thoroughly deserved the win yesterday. If anybody is going to escape the drop, it will be them."
Next Game: Scunthorpe v Wycombe - Sat 3rd March - 3.00pm
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