Cooper homes in on another Hartlepool United Vic-tory

HOME HOPE: Neale Cooper

HOME HOPE: Neale Cooper

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NEALE Cooper has today thrown down a fresh challenge to his Hartlepool United players: “Can we go unbeaten at home until the end of the season?”

The manager has issued the call on the eve of tomorrow’s visit of high-flying MK Dons, a game he admits will be his toughest yet on home soil.

Pools have won three and drawn one of their last four at Victoria Park and after tomorrow there are just six home matches remaining.

And Cooper believes extending their unbeaten run until April 28, when Leyton Orient come to town for the penultimate game of the campaign, is an achievable target for his boys.

“It’s very much the aim to go unbeaten at home until the end of the season and that’s a big challenge for the boys,” the Scot told SportMail today, with his side sitting just five points off the play-offs.

“Once we got over the hurdle of not winning at home for nine games we looked strong and we haven’t been beaten since.

“It’s just a case of building on that with each game.”

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