Stelling’s plea to strug­gling Pool boss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

HARTLE­POOL boss Dave Jones in­sists he won’t quit – de­spite com­ing un­der fire from Jeff Stelling to do so.

As Pools slumped into the bot­tom two in League Two as they fell to an in­sipid de­feat to Bar­net, the Vic­to­ria Park crowd turned on the man­ager.

And Stelling, the club’s pres­i­dent, blasted the man­ager on Sky Sports af­ter the game.

He raged: “We have lost at home, in the rel­e­ga­tion places, and it’s not per­sonal but for God’s sake for the good of the club go now. Walk now.’’

Jones, who has taken only 13 points from a pos­si­ble 51 in charge at Pools, said: “We have to win at Chel­tenham next week, we think about what we can do.

“We did things dif­fer­ent this week, changed the personnel a bit, we are stuck with what we have got.

“We try and change it, but it’s get­ting that bit of fight and scrap keep hold of what you have got.

“I’ve fought all my life and I won’t stop, but I didn’t ex­pect the play­ers to stop too.’’

Pools of­fered noth­ing pos­i­tive against op­po­si­tion with only one win in 12.

Their first shot came when Nathan Thomas bob­bled one into keeper Josh Vick­ers from dis­tance on 64 min­utes.

A minute later, the Bees took the lead as John Akinde turned in the area and cracked in an an­gled fin­ish for his 25th of the sea­son.

On 71 min­utes the lead was dou­bled as Jamal Camp­bell-Ryce broke away on the left side, and set up sub­sti­tute Simeon Aki­nola at the near post.

Akinde missed a late penalty, keeper Joe Fryer sav­ing his weak ef­fort.

The home crowd turned an­grily on Jones, the play­ers and the club’s chair­man dur­ing the de­feat.

They have two games to go – at Chel­tenham and at home to Don­caster – and they look de­void of ideas and ap­pear doomed.

Bees’ standin boss Rossi Eames beamed: “We said pre­match how we wanted to go about the game and we did it. Men­tal­ity was good, and we re­ally wanted a clean sheet, which was huge.

“It’s been a long time since we dom­i­nated like we have. Our sup­port­ers were mag­nif­i­cent, all 203 of them, and they’ve been bril­liant all sea­son, we ap­pre­ci­ate it.

“The per­for­mance has been in the locker for a while and first goal can be im­por­tant.

“John gets in and scored and some­times you have to win ugly some­times, it’s not al­ways beau­ti­ful but they all con­trib­uted here.’’

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