HARTLEPOOL United owe themselves and their fans a stirring end to the season at Victoria Park.
That was the message today from boss Colin Cooper ahead of their League Two finale against Exeter this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
Cooper is hoping for another large crowd at the Vic after the club’s decision to replay their Pack the Park initiative.
Fans can get in for a fiver – just as they did on Easter Monday when the ground was bouncing with a near 5,000 attendance.
Cooper would love to attract not only a big crowd today but for the entire 2014-15 campaign – especially after Pools announced another cut-price season ticket offer.
But he is keen supporters get a winning – and exciting – send-off.
“We want to go flat out and try to make it a good entertaining game,” said the boss, whose side began the last day of the Football League programme in 17th position.
“When we were in the midst of that horrible run I said to the players ‘we need to finish as high as we can’,
“Let’s not finish in 17th or 18th.
“We got close to getting amongst it, but we didn’t quite make it.
“But we owe it to the club, the fans, ourselves to try to finish the season off in style.
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“When we played Exeter earlier in the season, I think they were sitting fourth in the table, they’d had a cracking start to the season
“They do have some good footballers so for us to finish in the style we want to we have to be at them.
“The one thing we don’t want to happen is the players to take to the pitch and think it’s just going to be a nice afternoon and it ends up really flat.
“You have to take to the field and be up for it. The players have my permission to go an express themselves but that does not mean doing it half-cocked.”
Pools have established themselves as a strong side at home under Cooper (pictured).
Only four teams in League Two have more home victories than Pools (10).
But only relegated Torquay have lost more games overall than Pools who have been beaten 20 times.
Cooper’s side have found themselves in the wrong half of the league by their inability to turn defeats into draws.
But at home, Pools have often shone and Cooper hopes the Pack the Park fiver offer brings added support today and beyond following the thrilling win over Morecambe.
“If those extra people want to come back and have a look at us and may be on the back of that want to give us another go next year and renew their season ticket that would be brilliant,” said Cooper.
“The more fans the merrier.
“We have great fans, home and away, who go to the games come what may
“The enticement is there with the fiver offer and hopefully we can tempt them to come and watch us next season.”