Hartlepool Htd boss defends decision to sub Ryan Brobbell in Plymouth Argyle defeat

Ryan Brobbel in action against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID
Ryan Brobbel in action against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper has defended his decision to substitute winger Ryan Brobbel after going 2-0 down.

The on-loan Middlesbrough winger was hooked as soon as Nathan Thomas scored the decisive second in the 77th minute.

Left-back Darren Holden came on in his place, with Jack Compton moving to the right wing to allow Holden to bomb down the left.

But the decision angered the travelling Pools fans.

Holden had been stripped and ready to come on for a couple of minutes but the ball didn’t go out of play until Argyle scored on the break.

Cooper told SportMail afterwards he was frustrated with the timing of the goal but said he was going to make the change regardless.

Cooper said: “I was thinking of making a change and Darren would definitely give us something on the left.

“It was about whether we swapped Ryan or Jack [Compton] but Jack showed more flashes than Ryan.

“But it was a 50-50 call, nothing against Brobs.

“We were trying to do something and the goal going in doesn’t help because we were going to make the change regardless.”

The Pools manager added: “We were trying to make a change before the second goal and it’s frustrating.

“We have learned that when you are pressing the opposition then you have to keep the door locked at the other end and we’ve not done that.

“We could have snuffed out their attack 30-40 yards higher up the pitch.

“Dominic Blizzard had the ball, but young Brad Walker stood off and allowed him to turn and pass.”

- RICHARD MENNEAR