COLIN Cooper is keeping his fingers crossed that tomorrow’s ‘derby day’ against York City at Victoria Park inspires a transformation in their League Two fortunes.
Hartlepool United could not have got off to a more miserable start to the new year – back-to-back home 3-0 defeats to Bury and Rochdale being followed by a 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town.
With York City winning three and drawing one of their fixtures over the same period, the Minstermen have moved three places and one point above Cooper’s team.
It looks like the proverbial six pointer, not to mention the ‘local’ bragging rights.
But Cooper says he is neither panicking at the recent losing run, nor reading too much into the contest.
“It’s got a lot riding on it, but only as far as the fact that myself and the players are keen on getting our 2014 up and running,” he told SportMail.
“We are only in January and we’ve had a bad three weeks.
“We are looking forward, not back.
“In the two home games our performances were fine but the results not good.
“Last week we thought we had something in place to get something down at Fleetwood but we had a player sent off after a minute.
“I’m excited for the game tomorrow.
“It’s going to be a good match – I’m looking forward to seeing York bring a lot of fans up and filling the away end and
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hopefully making it a good atmosphere.
“The weather forecast is not good for the weekend so it may become a war of attrition.
“But, in my opinion, I have way I think we can get in and around York and hopefully get a result.”
Cooper feels an air of negativity has hung over the Vic and wants the fans to share his positivity.
“I want everyone to have the confidence I still have in this group of players,” he said.
“Those three results does not change things for me.
“My job is to keep the players feeling good about themselves, elimintate mistakes and try to get us to capitalise on any opportunities we create.
“I’m looking to see us get our noses in front and see where that may take us.”