Another defeat and not good enough again. A few changes to the starting line up but the same result. Burnley weren’t anything special but once again managed to grab a goal from a cross with Austin grabbing his 16 in 13 matches.
Holloway managed to change things again but this time had four strikers GTF, the Fonz, Ince and Phillips which meant GTF played in midfield which never seems to work.
We never got going untill Ludo came on, which seemed to give us a little boost, GTF should have scored but Grant pulled of a great double save.
So once again a terrible result and a bad feeling for the rest of the season, a serious rethink is needed.
After a long break with international duty made to seem all that bit longer due to the loss to Charlton we return to action in the first Lancashire derby of the season to play our six fingered friends down a the Turf.
The last few weeks has seen 3 of the 4 Lancashire teams in the championship departed with their managers. In Burnley’s case Eddie Howe was home sick and moved back down a division to Bournemouth where he had come from. Taking over from Howe on a caretaker contract is Terry Pashley, unknown to me and to many younger Pool fans Pashley played over 200 games for the Seasiders back in the 70’s and 80’s.
Although a quiet period for Pool a handful of our players have been in action for their counties. Matt Phillips played 10 minutes as a sub against Belgium for Scotland, however Gilks didn’t see any action.
For England under 21’s Ince played twice and Nathan Delfouneso played once in the match against Serbia that ended a brawl. Both managed to come through the matches with no injuries and it was good to see Ince get two games under his belt after a recent period of injury.
The best news from the break has to be Craig Cathcart playing a full match again Portugal for Northern Ireland, the Irish came out with a draw and it was the first action Cathcart had seen for a month since starting against Middlesborough.
So for the team?
Not a clue, Ince should start providing he’s not too tired after a couple of games in quick succession. We could also see Cathcart replace Evatt. There was a midweek friendly against Fleetwood where Gerardo Bruna bagged a hattrick so he maybe rewarded with a place on the bench.
The team will be different lets hope for a different result from last years 3-1 drubbing at the turf. However with Charlie Austin bagging 15 goals in 12 games so far it’s going to be hard to keep a clean sheet so expect goals and possible a similar scoreline, lets hope its the other way round this time.