Hartlepool United look forward to Scunthorpe match

NO PLAY: The scene inside an empty Brisbane Road after the game between Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United was called off after the Pools team coach was unable to get to the ground after being held up in traffic on the M11
NO PLAY: The scene inside an empty Brisbane Road after the game between Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United was called off after the Pools team coach was unable to get to the ground after being held up in traffic on the M11

NEALE Cooper and his Hartlepool United squad will today turn their attention to Saturday’s visit of Scunthorpe United after the disappointment of their weekend postponement.

An accident nearby – in which one person died and four were injured – meant that Pools’ team coach was stuck in traffic on the M11 on its way to Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.

And, after the 3pm kick-off time passed with Pools still uncertain of when they would arrive at Brisbane Road, referee Brendan Malone took the decision to postpone the fixture.

Pools boss Cooper admits it was frustrating day, but the Scot was nonetheless understanding of the situation when he spoke to SportMail.

“Of course it was bitterly disappointing when we realised the game wasn’t going ahead,” he said.

“But then we heard how serious the accident was and it put things into perspective.

“It is just tragic.”

He went on: “It was a long day and it was frustrating, but there was nothing we could have done.

“We just weren’t moving and didn’t know when we would make it to the ground.

“We asked for a police escort but every road was just gridlocked.

“We left the hotel in good time and we were all really looking forward to the game.

“But when we joined the road we realised something serious had happened.

“We were in contact with the Football League and there was talk of a 4.30pm kick-off. “But, in the end, we were still stuck in London at 6pm.

“We didn’t get back until after 10pm and had spent nearly 10 hours on the coach.

“The lads were all disappointed as well because I could sense a determination amongst them to make up for Tuesday’s defeat at Notts County.

“All we can now is try to store that feeling and make amends when we play Scunthorpe this weekend.

“We’ve got a free week and we’ll use that to make sure we come out firing on Saturday.”