It is no fun losing but we’re still smiling says Pools boss Colin Cooper

Colin Cooper in the dugout during the game against Middlesborough FC.
Colin Cooper in the dugout during the game against Middlesborough FC.

COLIN Cooper admits it is no fun losing football matches.

Pools have found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline in four of their five outings so far this season and remain without a goal in League Two.

But Cooper insists spirits are high ahead of tomorrow’s south-coast clash at Torquay United (kick-off 3pm) and believes that just one goal could spark a winning run.

“I have to say the mood, attitude, energy and enthusiasm has been great this week,” the Pools boss told SportMail today.

“But everyone will feel better with a win, people don’t enjoy losing football matches.

“I get frustrated the same as the lads and the fans.

“But I genuinely believe that we’re one goal away from putting a little run together.

“As soon as people start feeling good about themselves then the losing streak might turn into a winning one.”

Pools produced their best performance yet under Cooper during the first half of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

But a goal still eludes the men from Victoria Park and their manager is mindful of that famine becoming a psychological barrier.

“If you’re battering teams and you keep getting nicked 1-0 then that frustration becomes ‘oh God, here we go again’ every time you concede a goal,” he went on.

“I can’t sugar-coat that we haven’t scored and that is the focus of what we’re doing on the training pitch because I feel there is not a whole else wrong.

“But if we’re creating enough chances to win a game then we have to win – we can’t allow opposition teams to get away with murder which is what is happening now.”

Cooper, though, refuses to place too much emphasis on the outcome of tomorrow’s game.

“We can’t start saying ‘this is must-win, this is the most important game’,” he said.

“If you do that then you add pressure on yourself.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully the goals will come.”