Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper refuses to punish squad, despite 5-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper hold his head in his hands during the 5-0 loss at Adam Park at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper hold his head in his hands during the 5-0 loss at Adam Park at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper was “shocked” at Hartlepool United’s “useless” performance during the weekend mauling at Wycombe Wanderers – but he refuses to punish his players.

The Scot, furious in the wake of the 5-0 defeat, chose not to cancel yesterday’s planned day off given how well his men have performed since his return as manager.

Cooper did not hide his feelings in the away-team dressing room at Adams Park and at half-time physically pulled several of his team from the pitch.

But he allowed his players to spend yesterday at home with their families rather than haul them in for a DVD re-run of the horror show.

“How can I punish this group of boys who have done so well for me?” he told SportMail.

Read full story plus more reaction to Pools’ horror show at Wycombe in today’s Sportmail.