Portsmouth boss Paul Cook’s admiration for Hartlepool forwards

Pools striker Padraig Amond battles for the ball at Blackpool last weekend. Picture by Frank Reid
Pools striker Padraig Amond battles for the ball at Blackpool last weekend. Picture by Frank Reid

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook is geared up for a tough test at Hartlepool United tomorrow.

The Scouser has Pompey within touching distance of a return to League One following last season’s stumble in the play-offs.

There are some good attacking players in Thomas, Alessandra and Amond

PAUL COOK

But he’s not taking anything for granted and has great regard for the Pools frontline of Padraig Amond, Nathan Thomas and Lewis Alessandra, who have 31 goals between them.

“Hartlepool play a decent brand of football and I think that will be conducive to a good game,” said Cook. “They have big pitch up there which is kept in good condition.

“There are some good attacking players in Thomas, Alessandra and Amond, who’ve scored a few goals between them.”

Cook says while Pools are at the wrong end of the table, he knows his rival boss and fellow son of Liverpool, Dave Jones, will not have them there for long.

“They’ve had Craig Hignett and now they’ve got Dave Jones,” said Cook.

“I’m sure they’ll have one eye looking over their shoulders.

“But Dave Jones is a lot more experienced than I am and I expect he will be mainly looking up.

“It’s no different to what we’re doing here. Us managers like to look forward rather than back.”

Cook has established Pompey in the third and final automatic promotion position.

They have a six-point advantage over Stevenage in fourth with just seven matches of the season to go.

Cook will recall former Pools defender Christian Burgess, who has served a ban for his red card at Stevenage.