Peter Hartley will be fit to face Notts County

Peter Hartley looks frustrated as Swindon are awarded a penalty after he handled the ball in the area. Picture by FRANK REID
Peter Hartley looks frustrated as Swindon are awarded a penalty after he handled the ball in the area. Picture by FRANK REID
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PETER Hartley will be fit to face Notts County tomorrow night despite limping out of Saturday’s goalless draw with Swindon Town.

The defender appeared to seize up when chasing down striker James Collins late in the game and he was unable to continue.

But the calf problem will not keep Hartley out of the trip to Meadow Lane, as boss Neale Cooper explained: “Peter went off like one of those It’s A Knockout characters being pulled back with a big elastic band!

“Both of his calves seized up and he just slowed right up, it was strange.

“I’m able to laugh about it now, but I wouldn’t have been if their guy had gone on and scored.

“But thankfully he should be fine, he had some ice on them after the game and he should be ok for tomorrow.”

Hartley had earlier conceded the second-half penalty from which former Poolie Tommy Miller blazed over the crossbar.

And Cooper had no complaints with the handball decision against his centre-half.

“It was a worry with the penalty,” he said, “I didn’t think the ref had given it at the time but then he must have changed his mind.

“I had no complaints though, it hit his hand.

“Peter said he’s been watching the beach volleyball at the Olympics and he went for a spike!

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“We’re able to smile now thankfully, but it would have been harsh on the boys if we’d lost the game.”

Pools had earlier saw Steve Howard crack the post with a header from Evan Horwood’s free-kick, while Scott Flinders was tested on several occasions at the other end.

And Cooper reflected: “It was actually a very good game.

“They had chances and missed the penalty, but we hit the post and had efforts.

“From my angle I thought Steve Howard’s header was in, but it was not to be.

“But defensively we put a shift in and that’s a major credit to everyone.

“The central defenders did well against their strikers and they changed their team around during the game to try and get the better of us.

“At times towards the end we were chasing it a bit, but overall it’s a good display after such a major disappointment.”