Colin Cooper satisfied with point for Hartlepool United but admits it was a toil

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper admitted the goalless draw with Tranmere Rovers was a toil at times but he was satisfied to get something from the game.

Pools were under the cosh for much of the match at Victoria Park with Rob Edwards’ side having more possession and chances on goal.

But Scott Flinders and the rest of the Pools defence held firm to secure a point and a second successive clean sheet after the 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town at The Vic the previous Saturday.

Speaking after the match, Cooper said: “I am not disappointed with the effort or application from the team but the little bit of extra quality we had last week certainly wasn’t there in the final third.

“I’m not going to say I am not disappointed because I am not.”

The Pools manager was pleased his side built on the 2-0 win over Shrewsbury by at least getting a point from the match against Rovers.

Cooper added: “I’m satisfied that we backed last week up with something.

“Four points and two clean sheets at home in a week, it’s good. If we had replicated that against Bury and Dagenham we would be alright.

“I said it looked like a bit of a toil at times and, very honestly, they admitted it was, and perhaps it was for both teams.

“On the back of conceding goals and scoring goals, Tranmere wanted a clean sheet and got it, so from their point of view it’s a good thing.

“We started brightly and didn’t get that goal like last week.

“I would have loved to have had three points, but it’s a positive for us to keep a clean sheet.

“A good week could have been even better.

“We started well and had a couple of half chances, but a couple of words we used last week – quality in the final third - maybe wasn’t there.”

The point leaves Pools 20th in League Two, with seven points from their opening seven matches.

* See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for full reaction from Colin Cooper and winger Ryan Brobbel plus match analysis and pictures and your #TerraceTweets.