NEALE Cooper praised Craig Lynch’s super solo strike against Colchester United – but was disappointed when he failed to build on that moment.
The 20-year-old celebrated his first professional goal when, on six minutes, he jinked clear of two home defenders before sizing an inch-perfect curler into the far corner.
Cooper thought that would provide the Sunderland loanee with the platform to go on and terrorise The U’s.
But the goal was Lynch’s last notable contribution to the game and he was duly withdrawn in the second half.
And Cooper told SportMail: “Craig seemed to just drop off after his goal – he looked tired and didn’t look sharp.
“I thought ‘he’s up for it, wow, let’s go’. When something like that happens for you at the start of a game it gives you confidence.
“But then that was it, which was disappointing because it was such a wonderful goal.”
Jon Franks had a chance to double Pools’ lead soon after but lost his bearings as he raced through on goal and the opening was gone.
And Cooper, whose side subsequently slumped to a 3-1 defeat, reflected: “It was a big moment when Jon went through.
“He seemed to go towards goal but then went away from it – he told me his boot was falling off.
“But we had plenty of chances during that first half hour to get a second.
“But I always thought we needed more than just one because I’m worried we’’ll concede any amount of goals right now.”