Hartlepool Utd boss wants players to now bring outstanding away form back home

(left to right) Jack Compton, Jack Baldwin and Luke James who all scored against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
(left to right) Jack Compton, Jack Baldwin and Luke James who all scored against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

BEAMING Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has called on his players to repeat his side’s “outstanding” away form at Victoria Park to give the home supporters something to cheer about.

Pools were rampant in Saturday’s League Two clash against Exeter City – brushing aside the then third-placed team with as convincing an away performance as you are likely to see.

It was Pools’ third win on the road in the space of a week on the back of victories over Mansfield Town in the lleague and Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and sees Pools climb to 16th with 12 points from 11 games.

A first half header from defender Jack Baldwin, followed by an exquisite Luke James lob and a clinical low drive from Jack Compton secured the points at St James Park.

Cooper believes his players are giving him and his coaching staff everything in terms of work ethic and commitment at the moment but has called on them to put on a show for the home supporters.

Pools take on Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, followed by another home game against AFC Wimbledon.

Cooper, who praised the 144 travelling fans who made the 680-mile round trip, said: “That was an outstanding away performance.

“We all agreed at half-time that they had started the

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better, we started on the back foot really, but I think Jack’s goal just set us up really and then on in I thought we had done terrifically well again all afternoon.

“I do believe Exeter started better than we did but we got our noses in front and that knocked the stuffing out of them.

“We have gobbled everything up they have thrown at us.

“We scored three and had other good opportunities and this really rounds off what has been a really good week for us.

“I have to say, all credit to all the lads and the staff.

“Everybody is working really hard and at the moment there is a really nice feel.”

Cooper is adamant there is still room for improvement and has called on his players to show the home fans what the away fans have been enjoying in recent matches.

The former Middlesbrough defender said: “It is fantastic support and every single person that makes the journey we have to thank and we have been saying that from day one.

“Them 150 are the lucky ones and have seen us sparkle away from home again.

“What we have to do is hope that when we are back at the Vic that we can give the 3,500-4,000 people that come to watch us the same kind of thing.

“We will be working to do that.

“It is slightly different the teams that are coming to the Vic, they will expect us to force the play and will be looking to pick us off on the counter attack.

“We have to plan for those games but I would love to give our home fans something to go home smiling about.

“We have only had two at the Vic this season and lets hope we can turn that home form round and replicate what we are doing away from home.

“When you feel good about yourself you can drag a bit more out and all I said was that you have to guard against any kind of complacency.

“Two away victories and then to have to travel the length of the country, as we have done.

“We have now travelled down this part of the country three times this season and we have two draws and a victory.

“Certainly, the away performances are very, very good.

“We have to try and replicate something similar at home now.”