Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper defends players after Brentford stalemate

Ryan Noble gets in a strong shot only to have the Brentford keeper make a point blank save. Picture by FRANK REID

Ryan Noble gets in a strong shot only to have the Brentford keeper make a point blank save. Picture by FRANK REID

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NEALE Cooper today defended his goal-shy Hartlepool United players – but admits his side is lacking “quality and character” in the final third.

The Easter Monday stalemate with Brentford took the run of home matches without victory to five, while the scoring tally now stands at just two in nearly 13 hours of football.

And Cooper believes yesterday’s game captured the good and bad of his team.

“It was the same old story in the end,” he told SportMail today as he reflected on the 0-0 draw.

“The final cross, pass or touch has to be better. It’s hard because we’re putting the attacking work in – it’s not as if we spend all week doing defensive training and I’m not a defensive-minded person.

“The full-backs are being more positive and they’re stepping on and both Evan (Horwood) and Neil (Austin) did well yesterday.”

Read more of Cooper’s frustrations, plus Craig Hope’s full match report and photos, in today’s Sportmail.