HARTLEPOOL midfielder Antony Sweeney admits he does not want to see the “angry” Neale Cooper again.
The Pools boss was fuming during and after the 5-0 League One mauling at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday and tore into his players in the away-team dressing room.
And Sweeney says the players will be keen to get their boss in a better mood from tonight’s trip to Bury.
“I think if any of the lads were in any doubt to the gaffer having an angry side, then they’re not any more,” Sweeney said.
“He’s been brilliant since he came in and his relaxed style of management has worked. His banter around the place is great, but I knew there was also a different side if you don’t perform.
“We saw that on Saturday and that was right because we were awful.”
Sweeney and co have an immediate opportunity to put a smile back on their manager’s face at Gigg Lane this evening.
“I’d like to say Saturday was one of those days, but we will only find out tonight at Bury if that’s the case,” he said.
“It’s a good thing we’ve got this game because I wouldn’t like to think what training would be like this week without a game.”
Lying in wait for Pools are Richard Barker’s Shakers.
Barker spent two happy years as a team-mate of Sweeney at Victoria Park and the current Pools favourite is looking forward to getting one over on his old pal.
“Ritchie was someone who did so well when he was with us,” he went on. “He was here two years and was a really good lad who helped us get promoted and back into this division.
“It’s nice to see him doing well there at Bury, but hopefully he has a bad night tonight.”
Cooper will refrain from ringing the changes this evening but Jack Baldwin did his chances of a recall no harm with an enthusiastic second-half performance at Adams Park on Saturday.
Gary Liddle is also in contention for a starting berth, having missed the trip to Bedfordshire because of heavy bruising on his lower leg.