Hartlepool United are up and running

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HARTLEPOOL United and Colin Cooper celebrated their first League Two win of the season – and now the boss has challenged the team to go and do it again.

Pools head to Bristol Rovers on Saturday with confidence up a significant amount after recording their first SkyBet League victory.

Superly-taken first-half goals by Jonathan Franks and Andy Monkhouse gave Pools a 2-1 success over bottom club Accrington Stanley at Victoria Park to move out of the botom two.

Now Pools go to the Memorial Ground, where Bristol Rovers are unbeaten so far this campaign.

But Cooper sees no reason why they can’t add to their tally against the Gas, who are three places and two points better off than his side.

“We’ve had a first win, we’ve had two draws, so let’s go to Bristol and get something,” said the Pools boss.

“We said after Bradford that it would boost morale and, as much as we were in control against Wycombe we didn’t do enough to win.

“We battered them and they left with the points. We’ve battered Fleetwood and Southend as well and now Accrington, so the win is deserved. You now just want the lads to push on.

“They scored the first league goal last week, got their first league win this week, conceded a goal and still went on to win the game – all these little bits and pieces are building blocks”

Pools played some fine football in the win over Stanley though they were forced to cling on a bit at the end.

Jon Franks opened the scoring on the half hour with an angled right-foot drive.

Pools doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute when Luke James found Monkhouse who, despite being under pressure, finished superbly.

Pools should have killed the game off but instead Accrington ensured a nervy finish when they pulled one back, Kayode Odejayi flicking on a long punt for James Gray – son of former Sunderland and Northern Ireland striker Phil – to calmly beat Scott Flinders from eight yards.

Hartlepool: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin, Franks, Walton, Dolan (Collins 66), Compton, James (Howard 66), Monkhouse (Rodney 77). Subs not used: Poole, Rafferty, Sweeney, Richards. Goals: Franks 30, Monkhouse 42.

Accrington Stanley: Bettinelli, Murphy, Atkinson, Winnard, Aldred, Joyce, Naismith, Richardson (Mahoney 85), Miller (Hatfield 57), Gray (McCartan 85), Odejayi. Subs not used: Clark, Mingoia, Windass, Ben Wilson. Goals: Gray 57.

Att: 3,388. Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).