Colin Cooper will “bring players back down to earth” after 5-0 JP Trophy win over Bradford City

Colin Cooper gives instructions from the bench during the game against Bradford City. Picture by FRANK REID

Colin Cooper gives instructions from the bench during the game against Bradford City. Picture by FRANK REID

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COLIN Cooper will set about bringing his players “back down to earth” in the wake of their 5-0 thrashing of Bradford City.

The 46-year-old enjoyed an emphatic first victory as Pools boss in the opening round of last night’s Johnstone Paint Trophy against Bradford City.

Goals from Luke James, Jon Franks, Christian Burgess, Jack Compton and Nialle Rodney sealed Pools’ biggest win in nearly six years.

But Cooper says the cup success will count for nothing if Pools do not replicate their efforts against Wycombe Wanderers at Victoria Park on Saturday.

“It’s been lovely but it’s gone now – you dwell on things at your peril,” he sounded.

“The lads will need knocking down on Thursday and Friday, just to bring them back to earth.

“Let’s make sure this feeling becomes more regular and we got some reward for what we have been doing.

“The important thing is to make sure this is the start of something.

“Let’s replicate it in the weeks and months to come.

“It can’t be a one-off and I don’t think it will be.”

And Cooper believes the blend of youth and experience will stand his men in good stead as they look to get their League Two campaign on track.

“We have a lot of young players with technical ability and the older lads, Scott Flinders, Neil Austin and Andy Monkhouse, helped them to flourish,” said Cooper, whose side remain second from bottom in the fourth tier.

“The thing which gets you a foothold in the game is being organised, being disciplined and then allowing the talent that we genuinely have to flourish.

“But the clean sheets are the cornerstone and we have three in four games now.

“If this group of players keep doing that then they will win more than they lose.

“Wycombe will be a tough task because they’ll be high on confidence after a couple of good results.

“But we’re on the back of this and I’m confident this can be the start of something good for us.”