Neale Cooper says there’ll be no repeat of Wycombe disaster

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper hold his head in his hands during the 5-0 loss at Adam Park at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper hold his head in his hands during the 5-0 loss at Adam Park at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United travel to another of the league’s relegation-threatened sides tomorrow – but Neale Cooper insists there will be no repeat humiliation, writes CRAIG HOPE.

It was just a fortnight ago that the Scot watched on in disbelief as bottom club Wycombe Wanderers plundered five goals without reply to inflict his heaviest-ever defeat in charge of Pools.

This weekend sees Cooper take his play-off chasing troops to Walsall, the Saddlers having only clambered clear of the drop zone thanks to an impressive midweek win over Sheffield United.

But the Pools chief is adamant there will be no horror re-run at the Bescot Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

“Walsall are another one of those fighting for every point right now,” he told SportMail ahead of the trip to the West Midlands.

“Wycombe were down at the bottom as well and they turned us over big time the other week.

“We don’t want that to ever happen again – we’ve had that scare.

“We responded well from that to win at Bury and we’re going into this still hurting from the defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday.

“But these boys know Wycombe was unacceptable and we know that won’t happen again.

“It’s out of our system and in the last two matches we’ve performed very well against top teams.”

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