Cooper vows to get Hartlepool United’s team right this time

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COLIN Cooper is adamant he will select the “right team” for Hartlepool United’s League Two clash at home to bottom club Northampton on Saturday after admitting it didn’t “quite happen” last time out, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

Pools were soundly beaten 2-0 by Newport County last Friday, and Cooper is looking to make sure his players get back to winning ways at Victoria Park.

Cooper made two changes to the starting line-up at Newport, with on-loan Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess and winger Jack Compton returning in place of veteran defender Sam Collins and Jonathan Franks.

But the Pools boss admitted it did not work out for his side, who struggled to cope with Newport’s direct and pacy approach to the opening 30 minutes.

Cooper insists he will be carefully picking his team for this weekend’s game against the Cobblers, who prop up the table after collecting just 13 points from the opening 16 matches.

Cooper said: “The attempt was made to freshen the team up.

“I have to look and say was it the right thing to do? I felt as though it was.

“I’m sure the two players who didn’t start may not agree with me, but I’m pleased if they don’t, because it means they desperately want to play.

“Freshening the team up was the idea, but I think, for the first time, when we have had to make one or two changes, it hasn’t quite happened.

“We’ll have a look and make sure we get the right team on the pitch against Northampton.”

H Hartlepool Reserves won 2-0 at Scunthorpe in the Central League’s East Division last night, with Anthony Sweeney and Josh Nearney on target.