NEALE Cooper has warned his Hartlepool players that he wants to avoid a repeat of last weekend ... when he was stuck in his flat watching The Voice and John Wayne films!
Such was the Scot’s anger following last Saturday’s home defeat to Chesterfield that he didn’t have the enthusiasm to venture out for a meal in town – and then refused to speak to his players on Monday morning!
Cooper hopes they, too, endured an equally depressing weekend, and that is why he will lay down an ultimatum to his men before tomorrow’s trip to Tranmere Rovers.
“I need a massive performance from them tomorrow,” he said. “They’ve got a choice to make, either see the season out like that or put it in and feel good about themselves.”
“It’s been a long week. Sometimes if you have a game on a Tuesday you can get it out of your system. I came in on Monday and didn’t really speak to anyone and the boys were wondering what was wrong.
“I’m usually very upbeat, but that hurt last Saturday. I was stuck in my wee flat all night watching The Voice. I like to be out on a Saturday night, but I couldn’t face it.
“It got worse because I had to watch Britain’s Got Talent after it, and a John Wayne film on Sunday!
“But the boys have a chance to rectify that tomorrow and I want to see more from all of them.”
Pools have three matches left to play before the curtain comes down on another campaign of inconsistency.
The highest possible finish available to them is 10th, and Cooper insists there is still a lot to play for.
“People say it’s coming towards the end of the season and it looks as though we’replaying it out,” he went on.
“I don’t want that. There’s a lot of contracts up here. I need better from them, collectively.
“It’s three draws and three losses now and we need to get a win as soon as possible.”
Cooper will stick to his senior players after revealing that none of his young guns had done enough to win a place in the side.
“I went to watch the reserves on Tuesday and they didn’t cheer me up either,” he explained.