Neale Cooper reveals half-time fury at Crewe

Evan Horwood cross the ball in from the left wing. Picture by FRANK REID
Evan Horwood cross the ball in from the left wing. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEALE Cooper has revealed that he refrained from entering the Hartlepool United dressing room at half-time with his side trailing 4-0 at Crewe Alexandra.

Instead, the Pools boss waited outside in the hope of hearing an angry, internal inquest among his men.

But the Scot – a fiery and passionate character in his playing days – was left disappointed.

“I went in at half-time and I didn’t go in the changing room straight away, I wanted to hear what was being said,” Cooper told SportMail following the 5-0 defeat.

“Because if I was playing in that game I’d be getting right into my back four – ‘what the hell was that?’.

“One or two started afterwards, but I’ve been in dressing rooms where I’ve been pinned to the wall if I hadn’t done my job.

“They are too nice a lot of them.

“I want to see them having a go at each other and asking ‘what is going on?’.

“I’ve got to see more than what I did on Saturday.

“I’m not a happy person and I’m so apologetic to the supporters who travelled down there to back us.”