Hartlepool United boss: We can KO Derry’s Notts

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CONFIDENT Colin Cooper says his Hartlepool United side are “more than capable” of causing an upset and beating Notts County in the FA Cup first round this weekend, writes ROY KELLY.

On Saturday, League Two Pools entertain the League One strugglers at Victoria Park, and Cooper says Pools are a match for anyone.

Notts, bottom of League One with just 10 points, have the boost of Shaun Derry’s appointment as player-manager last night to replace the axed Chris Kiwomya.

Confident Cooper said: “We can go into the FA Cup tie knowing that we can give Notts County a match.

“I have no doubt about that. I watched Notts County and Oldham play last week and we are more than capable of giving Notts County a game.

“We have played two teams a league up already this season in the JPT but we have to be at our optimum again in order to win.

“And we have been against Bradford and Sheffield United and against Notts County we will have to be again.

“We will have to look and see what kind of threat they are, are they a physical threat, a quick threat, a football threat.

“On the evidence of watching them, they have a little bit of everything.

“Danny Haynes was sent off last weekend, so he can’t play and they will have to change slightly. We are more than capable of giving them a game but we have to be bang on.”

Meanwhile, Meadow Lane chaiman Ray Trew says Notts fan Derry, 35, is the ideal man to lift the club.

Derry, who was on loan at Millwall from QPR before landing the job at his home-town club, started his career with County, making 94 appearances from 1995-98.

“He was an applicant we simply couldn’t ignore,” said Trew, who has appointed ex-Carlisle boss Greg Abbott as assistant manager.

“Shaun is someone who can relate to the players and, perhaps more importantly, relate to this club, but he is not naïve enough to think that he could take this step alone.

“That is why he has turned to Greg Abbott, a man with a wealth of experience in the Football League, as a coach and manager, and someone that he has worked with in the past, to assist him in his new role.”