The Opposition View - Hartlepool
Following yesterday`s superb 2-1 win over Hartlepool United, here are some thoughts on the game from Pools' manager Colin Cooper and a few of their fans.
Asked if he was frustrated to lose from a winning position, Cooper replied: "It's only frustrating because somebody hasn't done their job from a set piece and I believe the goalkeeper has been fouled."
He went on to say: "I believe they should have had a player sent off and we should have had a penalty in the first minute. The referee won't entertain it, so I'm frustrated because we shouldn't have lost here."
"Luke (James) got bundled from behind… the defender's trying to get back and he can't get goal side of Luke, he's putting him under pressure from behind to try and avoid Luke getting a shot off, he's bundled him over and it's a red card and a penalty. They'll argue black's white, but that's fact."
"Why he (the ref) can give decisions all over the pitch and he can't make the big ones, it baffles me, but I can't do much about it"
"At half time I said, you're going to get put under pressure, they're going to put more and more ball into the box, and if you look at the first goal it`s a pretty straightforward cross and he gets a firm header on it from inside eight yards and that shouldn't be happening."
"As I say, the (second goal) from the corner is just disappointing because I think the referee can stop it at source. The goalkeeper's clearly blocked - it's a foul."
"Wycombe had played some nice stuff in the first half and created one or two opportunities, as had we, but to get yourself in front with a goal of that quality, you should really want to roll your sleeves up and make sure that they have to do something special to get back in the game."
"Did we actually do that enough? I think we worked hard, we didn't roll over, but Wycombe exerted some pressure on us and you're talking about two balls into your box… that's league-two football - deal with the ball that comes into your box and then try and do something progressive in the other half."
"Today we haven't dealt with the ball that comes into our box whether we agree or disagree with the referee's decisions."
The Hartlepool fans were disappointed to miss what they thought was a great opportunity to close on the play-offs.
The following extracts are taken from The Poolie Bunker, Into the Blue, Twitter and Vital Hartlepool.
"6 points for these ****s again for **** sake. Brand new bogey team we've collected. Wycombe, from being 3rd bottom, are now 4 points behind us with a game in hand. Crazy division. Not one single team from York down can afford to have a sticky spell from now until the end of the season."
"Accrington will be 5 behind us with a game in hand.. Apart from Torquay, who knows who else is going down."
"How was that not a foul on Flinders for Wycombe's second goal?! Seems like we always get the poor refs!"
"I thought we were very poor today against a poor Wycombe team. We had a clear shout for a penalty after just a couple of minutes but the ref bottled the decision. Barmby scored a nice finish into the top corner - our only shot in the first half I think. Both Wycombe goals were free headers in the box. I didn't see a foul on Flinders for the second and there weren't many complaints to the ref."
pweddie pwedster wrote:
"Wycombe are a protected species, they will never be allowed to be relegated. To get them the points they need, today was one of those games with a massive homer ref...we've all been to these games countless times. Doesn't help if we don't play our best, but our away form recently is very bad I have to say."
"Just listened to Cooper`s interview on Tees, and it sounded like he was about to cry and the interview was cut. When he was explaining Wycombe's 2nd goal, his voice seemed to change as though he was on the verge of tears and the interview came to an abrupt end. I hope he's ok."
"We all have to accept refs make mistakes. Where is the accountability for playing away at a team in the lower reaches of the division and only having three shots on goal with only one of those actually on target? Whoever the referee is, I believe it is going to be tough to get decent results with such a pathetic number of goal attempts. It is not like we were playing Man City."
"The second half performance was a disgrace. Absolute shambles. Second to everything. No Passion."
"There needs to be a very good reason for starting Harewood, he just hasn't done what was written on his tin."
"It's the same old same old, not learning lessons. How many times this season have we conceded in the first ten minutes of either the start or half time restart? Disappointed is an understatement, today was only the second time in 13 outings that Wycombe have scored two goals, two goals which came from areas in which we are allegedly strong. We need to take a look at ourselves from top to bottom."
"It's half-time here at Adams Park, sh**e ref (no change there) They've stuck us in a corner facing the sun so we can't see anything, but hey, we're winning 1-0. Apparently Barmby scored!"
Next Game: Wycombe v Plymouth - Tues 11th March - 7.45pm
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