Cooper vows to lift Hartlepool United for crunch

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BOSS Colin Cooper will this week attempt to rally a “flat” Hartlepool United as their search for a first win in League Two continues.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Wycombe was a third successive home league defeat and Pools hare now two points adrift of safety in the drop zone.

Pools at least ended a nine-hour goal drought with James Poole’s injury-time consolation, becoming the final Football League to get off the mark this season.

And Cooper will now prepare his side for what is already shaping into a mammoth clash with fellow basement boys Accrington Stanley at Victoria Park this Saturday.

“The whole place felt flat,” the manager reflected.

“The team, the ground, the atmosphere, it was flat and that became frustrating.

“Yes, we scored, but that was no consolation at all.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now and go again ahead of Accrington.”

Defender Matty Dolan is convinced that Pools soon embark on a winning run.

The 20-year-old said: “The most frustrating thing is that I know we’ve got it in us.

“If we keep doing the right things and get that first win then I think we could fly – we could get six or seven wins on the spin.

“If we weren’t creating chances then it would be worse. Everyone just wants that next game now.

“Everyone in training has been sharp and everything has felt right.

“We just need to bring it all together on a Saturday.”

HARTLEPOOL: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin, Franks (Poole 64), Walker (Walton 8), Dolan, Compton (Howard 80), Monkhouse, James. Subs: Collins, Rafferty, Richards, Rodney. Booked: Baldwin, Dolan. Goal: Poole 90

WYCOMBE: Ingram, Hause, Johnson, Doherty, McCoy, S Wood, Knott, Lewis, Arnold (Kretzschmar 46), McClure (Kuffour 76), Craig (Stewart 86). Subs not used: Spring, Fletcher, Harrison. Booked: Doherty, McClure. Goals: Kretzschmar 51, 69. Att: 3,640.

Ref: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)