Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper refuses to criticise Rotherham United tactics

SENT FLYING: Michael Duckworth is fouled against Rotherham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Picture by FRANK REID

SENT FLYING: Michael Duckworth is fouled against Rotherham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United gaffer Colin Cooper has refused to criticise his Rotherham United counterpart’s style of play stating “there is more than one way to skin a cat”.

The tactics used by Steve Evans side, particularly in the second half as the game wore on, were cynical at times, while constant time-wasting was another key feature of the way the Millers went about the game.

It was enough to infuriate and exasperate the home fans in equal measures and at times the Hartlepool United players.

Meanwhile, the fact the away side picked up six yellow cards over the course of the 90 minutes tells its own story.

But Cooper said he would “never disrespect” another manager for the way their side decides to play but admits he does “enjoy” the open, attacking style of football his side once again showed last night.

The 46-year-old said: “All I said to my players and my staff is that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

“Rotherham got promoted out of League Two last year and however you decide your structure, then if it works then you have to say that is a pat on the back, without a shadow of a doubt.

“The way we are trying to do things is different.

“I have said to Craig [Hignett], I want to do things the way we are doing them and if we succeed great, if we don’t quite succeed, then it won’t be for the want of trying.

“I would never disrespect anybody the way they choose to set up their team, how they choose their tactics or style of play.

“I enjoy the way my players are expressing themselves and I want them to do that and to continue to get better.

“The belief and confidence are all there.”

– RICHARD MENNEAR