Pools boss Neale Cooper slams “criminal” defending

Colchester score their second
Colchester score their second

NEALE Cooper admits he thought Colchester United were going to score from every attack during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat.

Pools surrendered an early lead – gained courtesy of Craig Lynch’s solo strike – as slack defending from Sam Collins and a blunder from Peter Hartley allowed Gavin Massey and Jabo Ibehre to fire the hosts in front before the break.

The pair were again absent when Ibehre accepted the freedom of the penalty area to score Colchester’s third in the second half, sending Pools into the bottom four with Sheffield United next up tomorrow night.

And the manager blasted: “I thought Colchester were going to score from every attack.

“We crucified ourselves at the back – it’s killing us and it kills the other players.

“We’re 1-0 with a great goal and we’re frustrating them with the way we were playing.

“We had a chance to get on top of them and frustrate the crowd, but not us – ‘there you go, have a goal,’ that’s us.

“Their first goal went straight through the middle.

“The second goal, another individual error, I’m getting fed up with them.

“It was a shocker, what was Peter thinking of?

“There was no danger but then he heads it back to the keeper and the lad is in - thank you very much.

“They are just not doing it and they have been told.”

He continued: “I was thinking ‘what am I watching here?’.

“The big lad was destroying them.

“You can’t just not watch the player go between you.

“If they’re getting goals tactically then it’s one thing, but it wasn’t.

“They got the confidence to come at us even more after their first two and we looked worse.

“We started well and it was a wonderful goal, but a game doesn’t last half an hour.”