COLIN Cooper has called on his Hartlepool United team to “quickly” put behind them the 5-1 thrashing at Northampton Town.
Pools travel to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two and the manager said there is no point in the players feeling sorry for themselves.
Speaking at the club’s training base at Maiden Castle, in Durham, Cooper also revealed he is hoping to extend the loan deals of Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke and Sunderland defender Scott Harrison.
Cooper said: “It sounds really clichéd but you get back on the training ground and you work towards the next game.
“You have to try and put the Northampton loss to the back of your mind and that is all you can do.
“After the game I asked for openness and honesty and we had that discussion.
“I have been a player in that situation and all you can hope is that you clear the load and then you move on. Quickly.
“Football is a fantastic sport because you get a chance to move on quickly and the games don’t stop whether you are feeling sorry for yourself or not.
“As a professional you cannot dwell on what has happened, you just need to focus on making things better.”
Meanwhile, the Pools manager confirmed that former Newcastle United youth player Matty Pattison, 27, is training with the club.
The South African played in a behind-closed doors friendly against a Leeds Academy side on Wednesday but is currently just training with Pools.
On-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke misses the trip to Home Park after going off after 28 minutes at Northampton with a head injury.
Wyke is currently being assessed at parent club Middlesbrough.
Meanwhile, right-back Michael Duckworth - who has been out with a hamstring injury - is being assessed today before Cooper makes a decision on whether to take him to Plymouth.
Plymouth boss John Sheridan hopes to have Lewis Alessandra and Marvin Morgan back in contention for the game against Pools.
* See Friday’s Mail for a full match preview plus interviews with Colin Cooper and Matthew Bates.