Cooper pleads for Pools fans’ patience

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper
Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper
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PLEASE stick with us!

That was the rally cry today from boss Colin Cooper on the eve of their fourth Sky Bet League Two match of the campaign – tomorrow’s daunting trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Thus far, things could not have gone much worse for Pools – three league defeats on the bounce with no goals scored and five conceded, while star striker Luke James has handed in TWO transfer requests.

But Cooper has urged supporters to keep the faith given there is a long way to go.

“All I would say to the fans is stick with us – we’ll turn the corner and get people feeling good again,” he said. “There is no hiding place, the games are not going to go away.

“We have to roll up our sleeves, stop the ball going in our goal and be more decisive when we get into the opposition 18-yard box

“We need to get the confidence levels higher.

“We are working hard, we are nowhere near where I want us to be – but the lads are grafting hard, they want to do well for the club, themselves and fans.

“We want the whole picture to change, but that will only come through hard work and no fear.”

Supporters are, not surprisingly, unhappy at the current situation of seeing their team in second bottom spot, though Cooper says he has the “broad shoulders” to take any flak.

“I’d dispute the assertion that there are a lot of fans chuntering,” said Cooper.

“I accept there is frustration and, if they are frustrated at me, I apologise for that.

“I am trying very hard, working hard with this group and working hard to add to the group.

“I understand if people get frustrated with me, I am the manager, I haven’t a problem with that as long as they back the team.

“I have broad shoulders, I’d rather people had a pop at me but back the players.

“We all want the same thing – we all want the season to be up and running and everyone feeling better

“Our job is to make the players feel better in order to perform to make the fans feel better.

“I am an up person, not a down person – this is the best job in the world.

“I will keep reiterating that to the players – I don’t want them to play with any fear or restrictions, because that stifles you

“But they have to realise that in order to give yourselves a chance to win matches you can’t give opponents goal starts.”