Luke James wants free-scoring Hartlepool United to go on a run

LEADING SCORER: Luke James in action against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
LEADING SCORER: Luke James in action against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
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LUKE James is looking to see revitalised Hartlepool United go on a run.

After James ended the goal drought with the first in a 5-0 drubbing of Bradford City, Pools have not looked back.

Colin Cooper’s team have scored 10 in four cup and league matches and look a side with a spring in their step after two wins and a thrilling draw.

Pools should have had three wins out of the four only for Bristol Rovers to score near the death last Saturday to draw 2-2.

James, who produced a dazzling display and two goals, is looking forward to the visit of high-flying Oxford United on Saturday and wants Pools to build on their improved form.

“We’ll definitely be looking at three points,” said the leading scorer.

“I believe if we play well we can win.

“Home games are vital, we’ve got to get as many three points here as we can.

“Hopefully we can keep plugging away and get a little run going so we can push up the league.”

James will be a key figure.

His two goals were expertly taken at the Memorial Stadium - his first a 20-yarder on the turn from an Andy Monkhouse flick on while his second was a good finish from a goalmouth scrap.

That second goal was particularly satisfying.

“I have managed to wriggle away to turn and score,” he explained.

“I felt good because that’s what I have been trying to work on with the gaffer.

“The hold up play has never been the strongest part of my game but on Saturday it was a lot better than it normally is and hopefully I can continue.”

James will not rest on his laurels and will continue to put the hours in on the training ground with Cooper and assistant Craig Hignett.

But Saturday’s double was a good return from four chances.

“I’ve played better but I aim for a goal per game, that’s what I think I can do,” said the teenager.

“So to get two was brilliant.

“But, if I’d have come away with no goals but the team had won that’s the important thing.”

Saturday’s game, for all the frustration of the lost two points, proved another tick in the box of the James/ Monkhouse alliance.

“It just seems to work, ever since we were put together,” James said.

“It seems a natural partnership.

“He seems to know how to play to my strengths and I know how to play to his.

“Hopefully it will continue.”