Hartlepool United’s Cooper remains cautious over Portsmouth

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HARTLEPOOL United are aiming for five home league wins in a row for the first time since their last promotion season.

But boss Colin Cooper has warned that tomorrow’s League Two clash with Portsmouth at Victoria Park will “not be easy”.

Portsmouth have lost five in a row and are managerless after sacking Guy Whittingham this week.

Pools, despite Tuesday night’s defeat at Bury, are moving along nicely in 13th spot, just six points shy of the play-offs.

Pools have not won five on the bounce at the Vic since the promotion run under Danny Wilson in 2006-07.

And Cooper insists they will not make it five tomorrow if the attitute is not right.

“Portsmouth will be hard,” Cooper said.

“If anyone thinks because they are 18th and they have just got rid of thir mananger that we just need to turn up to win, then there’s a very good chance we’ll get a kick up the backside.

“Look at where we have come from in the last 10 weeks. Look at what Accrington have done in the last eight weeks and that’s possible for any team in this division, I believe.”

Cooper will recall Andy Monkhouse in place of Jonathan Franks after the versatile attacker missed the trip to Gigg Lane through a one-match ban.

But the boss may opt to leave three of his principal challengers for a starting XI place, Jordan Richards, Antony Sweeney and Brad Walker, on the bench against a Pompey side managed by caretaker Andy Awford.