RYAN Brobbel has called on his Hartlepool United teammates to be more clinical in front of goal in a bid to kick-start their season.
The Hartlepool-born winger started his first league game for his hometown team last night but couldn’t prevent Pools going down 2-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge at a frustrated Victoria Park.
A goal from Luke Howell in the fifth minute and a Abu Ogogo strike in the 64th secured the three points and condemned Pools to their third successive league defeat of the new season.
But Pools did create chances, none more so than the 21-year-old winger currently on a month-long loan from Championship neighbours Boro.
Brobbel, who looked lively down the left-hand flank, is confident though that one win will turn around the club’s fortunes – provided they can score first.
He said: “When they scored the goal the only thing to do was to get on the ball and make something happen.
“I created a few good chances but I can’t blame the strikers – they are trying to score, it is the hardest thing to do in football.
“The other lads were trying to create as well and I thought we were good in the first-half but it is all about scoring and the final result.
“The chances we created we have got to take and we need to be more clinical in the box.
“Conceding the early goal was hard to come back from but we did create enough, we just need to get that goal and once we do we can push on from there.
“Sometimes you get that luck and it fell to them nicely for the first goal and we just don’t have that luck at the moment.
“If we do get a goal then things will start to fall for us, I’m sure.
“It is just frustrating for us at the moment.
“First-half we were pressing them and then when they got the second goal it took the wind out of a few of the lads.
“It was the same on Saturday against Bury.
“I thought we were the better team for the majority of the game though.”
Brobbel has come through the ranks at Middlesbrough and turned professional in 2011 after impressing the hierarchy during his spell in the Academy.
He gained senior experience last season when he made 21 appearances and scored four goals during two impressive loan stints with League Two York City.
Meanwhile, Cooper said the club’s medical staff will assess Stuart Parnaby at the training ground after he was forced off through injury in the second half last night.
The 32-year-old pulled-up and was immediately substituted with a hamstring problem and will now be monitored ahead of the weekend trip to Wimbledon.
Cooper was also without Tommy Miller last night but the central midfielder should be OK for the match at Kingsmeadow.
He said: “Stuart just tweaked a nerve in his back which reacted down to his hamstring.
“Tommy got a whack in his back on Saturday and his back went in to a spasm.
“He wasn’t able to play against Dagenham but Buster [physion Ian Gallagher] is pretty confident that he’ll be OK for the weekend at Wimbledon.”