Cooper hails strikers’ determination to put things right

Hartlepool striker Charlie Wyke in action against Portsmouth. Picture by Frank Reid

Hartlepool striker Charlie Wyke in action against Portsmouth. Picture by Frank Reid

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COLIN Cooper insists his mis-firing Hartlepool United strikers are working as hard as they can to find a solution to their goalscoring problems.

Between them this season, on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke, Marlon Harewood and Jonathan Franks have scored just four goals in the league – and Wyke has three of them.

In total, Pools have managed a measly five goals in Sky Bet League Two so far and the pressure is on for the strikers to find their goalscoring boots quickly.

When asked whether the strikers had been putting in extra work to try and find a solution, Cooper was adamant his forwards are working as hard as possible.

The problem is that hasn’t been good enough and, with Pools third bottom of League Two, they need to improve quickly, if further reinforcements aren’t added to the squad before kick-off against fellow strugglers Carlisle tomorrow.

Cooper said: “We do lots of work on the training ground – lots of finishing, lots of phasing work and lots of crossing.

“It is a case of taking the training ground work into the game situation.

“Whether it is technique or personnel, or maybe a bit of both, our job is to keep working hard to improve things on the pitch.

“The lack of goals is not for the want of trying.

“I am speaking to managers all over the place and other than Jose Mourinho – who has Diego Costa – and Arsene Wenger – who has Danny Welbeck after his goals midweek – everyone is on the lookout for goals.

“I am no different.

“You may think you have addressed one problem in the side and then something else crops up, whether it is conceding too many or not scoring enough.

“It is an ongoing process.

“We do the work we can and we will look to get out against Carlisle and look to do both – keep the door closed and open it up the other end.”