NEALE Cooper has issued a rallying cry to Hartlepool United’s supporters on the eve of the derby date with Carlisle United.
The Pools boss is just about the most popular man in the town right now, and he wants the fans to turn out in force for the clash against their northern rivals.
The Cumbrians are set to venture across the A69 with a 900-strong following as they seek revenge for Pools’ 2-1 win in their own back yard earlier in the season.
But Cooper – who has revitalised the club since his return as boss last month – wants to see his boys roared to victory by a close-to-capacity home crowd.
“The fans have been tremendous since I came back – with me and the players,” Cooper said.
“Just look at last weekend at Sheffield Wednesday – there were 400 or 500 there, that’s incredible. But we want them to come back to the Vic now.
“It’s understandable that the crowds fell off a little bit following the run of defeats, so now it’s time to give them something back.”
Carlisle are riding high in League One and currently sit just one place outside the play-off zone.
Cooper is well aware of the threat they pose, but nonetheless wants to make tomorrow afternoon more about his resurgent Pools side.
“They are a good footballing side, but I am one who lets them worry about us,” he declared.
“We will set our stall out because we are at home and let’s see how they handle it.We played well on the counter attack last week at Sheff Wed.
“But at home we’ll have a go at them.”