CONFIDENT Colin Cooper says his Hartlepool United side are “more than capable” of causing an upset and beating Notts County in the First Round of the FA Cup this weekend.
On Saturday, League Two Pools entertain the League One side at Victoria Park as the world famous cup competition once again gets underway and Cooper says Pools are a match for anyone.
Notts County, currently bottom of the table with just 10 points, last night appointed QPR midfielder Shaun Derry to succeed Chris Kiwomya who was sacked at the end of last month.
The 35-year-old Derry, who is on loan with QPR’s Championship rivals Millwall, had been favourite for the job ahead of caretaker Steve Hodge who was in the hotseat after Kiwomya was axed.
Cooper is not worried about whoever will be sat in the opposition dugout though.
He believes his team is capable of getting a result against Notts County, who will be without the suspended Danny Haynes, as long as his players are “bang on” their game.
Already this season Pools have beaten teams from the higher division, knocking both League One sides Bradford and Sheffield United out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy competition.
Confident Cooper said: “We can go into the FA Cup tie knowing that we can give Notts County a match.
“I have no doubt about that. I watched Notts County and Oldham play last week and we are more than capable of giving Notts County a game.
“We have played two teams a league up already this season in the JPT but we have to be at our optimum again in order to win.
“And we have been against Bradford and Sheffield United and against Notts County we will have to be again.
“We will have to look and see what kind of threat they are, are they a physical threat, a quick threat, a football threat.
“On the evidence of watching them, they have a little bit of everything.
“Danny Haynes was sent off last weekend so he can’t play and they will have to change slightly.
“We are more than capable of giving them a game but we have to be bang on.”
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