Colin Cooper wants points not plaudits at Hartlepool United

AGONY: Jeff Hughes prods in the Fleetwood Town winner. Picture by FRANK REID
AGONY: Jeff Hughes prods in the Fleetwood Town winner. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper admits that points not plaudits are name of the game in League Two

Pools were widely praised for their efforts during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town.

Attacking their visitors from the off, the home side bossed the opening period only to fall behind to Jeff Hughes’ close-range bundle on 15 minutes.

And Cooper reflected: “The plaudits are nice but at some point they have to turn into goals and results.

“For whatever reason we haven’t won a game and I feel really frustrated for the lads because of it.

“The two teams who have come the Vic and won will be in the top few places and both have won here without having a kick - we have to take those shocks at the minute.

“We just can’t turn the ingredients and opportunities into genuine goals.

“Off the line, keeper saves, huff and puff - it’s not falling for us, or maybe we aren’t doing enough for it to fall for us.

“They gambled for their goal and it fell for them.”

But Cooper went on: “I cannot ask any more than what they are giving or the way they are giving it.

“I just want to turn it around for our fans because again they supported and encouraged.

“Our fans go home having seen us lose, and that’s hard to bear for me.

“We started well and the difference for us is to get the first goal.

“We had one cleared off the line and had plenty of chances.

“The one incident when we aren’t in a good shape they get a counter attack, have a scruffy shot, Scott (Flinders) has to save it and Jeff Hughes bundles it in from six yards.

“It gives them something to hang onto and they did.”