Hartlepool Utd’s Compton returns for Notts County FA Cup tie

Jack Compton celebrates scoring against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

Jack Compton celebrates scoring against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

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JACK Compton is back for Hartlepool United and in great shape – mentally and physically.

The winger returned to the Pools squad today for the FA Cup first-round tie against Notts County at Victoria Park following a three-match ban.

And Pools boss Colin Cooper is sure Compton will have “learned his lesson” from his moment of madness when he lunged into a challenge in the 1-0 home win over Plymouth and was given a straight red card by referee Scott Mathieson.

The suspension interrupted a great run of form for the 25-year-old, whose brilliance out wide had been a catalyst for the team’s sensational October form.

“What we’d been seeing from Jack was the reason I brought him here,” said

the manager of the month.

“I’ve always thought he has a lot to offer and he’s got four goals now.

“I think the switching of sides has been very invigorating.

“He’s gone from providing the ammunition to actually being one of the main threats to score goals.

“Jack has looked very sharp in training and he’s a threat.”

Cooper hopes the three-match absence will now ensure Compton keeps his

focus on the field – and his discipline.

The Cardiff-born talent was given his marching orders 25 minutes into the

match with the Pilgrims after a bad tackle on Jamie Reckford.

“Losing your temper and getting sent off will hopefully be a lesson learned for Jack,” Cooper told SportMail.

“He lost his rag – you can’t lose your rag and take retribution 10 seconds later because the referee will then pull a card out.

“Hopefully he’s learned his lesson.

“Overall though I have to say he’s had a really positive start to his Pools career.”