Cooper plans to probe Pools cramp problem

OFF: Peter Hartley is helped from the field by physio Ian Gallagher. Picture by FRANK REID
OFF: Peter Hartley is helped from the field by physio Ian Gallagher. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEALE Cooper plans to investigate why Hartlepool United’s players are being afflicted by bouts of cramp.

Seven days after having to take off goalscorer Jon Franks against Scunthorpe, the first-team coach suffered more woe in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Carlisle.

Franks was again affected, as was scorer James Poole, both of whom were replaced.

But the loss of Peter Hartley proved pivotal to the game.

The centre-half was helped off just minutes after Neil Austin was red-carded and Pools had lost half of their back four in just two minutes.

In some disarray, Pools then conceded a winner to the unmarked Matty Robson five minutes from time.

“There’s an issue right now of a few of the boys really tiring,” said a concerned Cooper.

“We need to have a look to see what’s happening here.

“There was Jonny last week and I thought he tired again [on Saturday] and Peter got severe cramp, Pooley had it too.

“I’ll have to ask the physios and the keep fit lads ‘the way we train why should this happen?’.

“They are young boys and too many are getting it.

“It’s a wee issue and we need to try to get to the bottom of it.”

SEE Monday’s Mail for full story and Pools v Carlisle match report and analysis