Hartlepool boss screaming out for injured striker Poole

James Poole breaks forward for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole breaks forward for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEALE Cooper remains frustrated at the absence of James Poole – but is excited by what he has seen on DVD, admitting his side are “screaming out” for such a player.

Sadly for the Pools boss he has had to make do with highlights of his young forward on a television screen so far, rather than seeing him in action on the football pitch.

A lingering hamstring strain has seen to that and both Cooper and Poole are reluctant to risk the injury for fear of causing further damage.

That means the 21-year-old could again miss out for this weekend’s visit of northern rivals Carlisle United, having now been sidelined since the Boxing Day win at Oldham Athletic, a game during which he bagged the only goal.

And Cooper today bemoaned the injury which has robbed him of the club’s top goalscorer since his return as manager last month.

“It’s so frustrating with James,” he told us as Pools continued with preparations for Saturday’s derby date.

“For an injury which didn’t force him off the day he played at Oldham, we just thought it would be a minor thing, a week or so. But unfortunately it’s still not spot on, so again, it’s a matter of waiting.

“We have to make sure he’s confident in himself.

“I thought it would be a week and it’s into its fourth week now.”

Full story in Wednesday’a Mail