Hartlepool United will be fit and refreshed for Dagenham & Redbridge clash

INJURY TIME: Scott Flinders calls the physio on to help Simon Walton during the game against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID

INJURY TIME: Scott Flinders calls the physio on to help Simon Walton during the game against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID

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COLIN Cooper is hoping to see his players “fired up” and back to winning ways against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Hartlepool United’s five-match winning run came to an end last time out after a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United andmore than one of his team left Glanford Park feeling battered and bruised.

The disappointing defeat followed back-to-back home wins for Cooper’s side over Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon at the Vic and he is now looking for his team to bounce back on Saturday.

Pools have struggled on home turf in recent seasons but the last two wins appears to have galvanised fans and players alike and Cooper wants to see them pumped up for the visit of Dagenham on Saturday.

“We’ve had several days to rest, recover and get ourselves ready.

“There was one or two bumps and bruises after Saturday and we have to repair the bodies.

“When Dagenham come to the Vic on Saturday we have make sure we are ready, prepared and firing again.”

The weekend defeat to Scunthorpe was a battle at times and several Pools players were left feeling the effects of the match, with midfielder Simon Walton and right-back Michael Duckworth in particular both in the wars during the game after some hefty challenges.

Thankfully Cooper’s side has been lucky with injuries so far this season, with the exception of spells out the side for club captain Antony Sweeney and teenage midfield star Bradley Walker earlier in the campaign.

Cooper said: “We have been very lucky with injuries.

“On Saturday we had a few weary soldiers and luckily they are just bumps and bruises and no pulls or twists.

“Now it is about repairing the bodies.”

The Pools gaffer praised the recent performances and work ethic of his players which saw them win five consecutive matches in October, including four in League Two against Mansfield Town, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Wimbledon.

But that came to an end against the Iron last Saturday thanks to Sam Winnall’s 76th-minute winner after Christian Burgess had gone to ground too soon and the forward nipped away and slotted it past Scott Flinders.

Cooper added: “As long as we learn and are really disappointed to lose a match then I can’t grumble too much.

“October has been a fantastic month, other than Saturday.”