Franks for the goal, Jonny

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JONATHAN Franks has hit the League Two goal trail and boss Colin Cooper is looking for more from the dangerous midfielder.

Franks put Hartlepool United on the way to a 2-1 victory over Accrington Stanley at the weekend when he scored the opener at Victoria Park.

Not only did he find the net with a neat 30th-minute finish, he had more chances to make the victory even more comfortable.

The 23-year-old not only responded to Cooper’s call for the wide players to be a greater threat, he provided something even more valuable – his first league goal of the campaign.

“It was nice to see Jonny score,” said Cooper, who coached Franks at Midddlesbrough during his time as Gareth Southgate’s assistant.

“He should have had three – comfortably. He’s the one who’s had the two best chances in the 18-yard box in the second half and both times he’s gone high when I would like to see him flash it low into the corners. But at least he’s got himself off the mark. It was a good finish.”

All four offensive players who started Saturday’s victory are now off the mark – Andy Monkhouse netted the second goal while Luke James and left-winger Jack Compton both scored in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Bradford City.

Cooper revealed that the quartet had benefited from a final-third DVD master-class on the eve of the bottom of the table clash.

“Both wide men have talent, both Jack and Jonny can create and score,” said Cooper who takes Pools to Bristol Rovers this Saturday looking for back-to-back victories.

“It might be a bit sporadic but sometimes you have to accept that from forwards and wide players. But I had them all in on Friday and showed them the chances against Wycombe.

“It was pleasing that Saturday’s goals came through the centre of the pitch and we created other opportunities from wide.

“Against Wycombe we created lots of opportunities, but we kind of crossed them and floated into the box and you aren’t really going to score from them.

“So we had the wide men and strikers in and showed them where they were running, this is the ball you are putting in – what can we do to improve delivery, improve runs and get in the places to score goals.

“It’s going to be a long-term thing, a constant improvement.

“It will come with confidence and belief. Forwards want to feel good about themselves.”