Hartlepool United’s Cooper pins his hopes on wing pair

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BOSS Colin Cooper believes Hartlepool United wingers Jack Compton and Jonathan Franks will be key if the club are to mount a League Two revival, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The pair bagged a goal apiece and laid on the other three during Tuesday night’s 5-0 smashing of Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Compton and Franks will again lead the attacking assault as Pools bid for their first league goal of the campaign against Wycombe at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Cooper is set to name an unchanged side and is confident that his men will be buoyed by their midweek triumph, his widemen in particular.

“Everything fell nicely on Tuesday, especially for the two wingers,” Cooper said.

“They were involved in all of the goals and got on the scoresheet themselves, which does any player the world of good.

“I have said all along that I believe we have the players to hurt teams.

“It has been hard at times having to repeatedly say that, but, on Tuesday, we saw a lot of things come together.

“Can we now do it again on Saturday? That is the challenge.”

Franks had been deployed in a centre-forward role during the 0-0 draw at Torquay last Saturday but reverted to the right wing on Tuesday.

Cooper added: “Franksy is the one who we feel has looked a genuine threat. When we’ve trained, he looks as though he wants to score a goal. Likewise Jack, they got at their men and some of the deliveries were fantastic and got their reward with goals.”