COLIN Cooper says he was “delighted” to see Marlon Harewood score his first goal of the season but insists there’s much more to come.
Hartlepool United secured their first three points with a vital 2-1 win over Wimbledon in Sky Bet League Two at the weekend, highlighted by goals from on-loan Boro striker Charlie Wyke and Harewood.
Cooper’s side came out of the half-time interval a team transformed.
None more so than Harewood who put in a barnstorming performance, bullying and harassing the Dons defence non-stop for 45-minutes.
His second-half display was arguably the former Premier League’s most impressive in a blue and white shirt – or pink as it was at Wimbledon – and his manager has called for him to produce that kind of form week in, week out.
Harewood has, at times, frustrated Pools supporters and his manager wants to see him dominate matches more – similar to the way Dons’ man mountain Ade Akinfenwa tries to influence games.
Cooper, a former teammate of Harewood’s at Forest, is now his manager and he said the striker set a high standard of performance against the Wombles.
“I still think there’s more from Marlon and I won’t stop asking him for more,” revealed Cooper. “You have to wind yourself up but Marlon is such a nice guy, and I mean that in the nicest possible sense, he is a good guy to have around.
“When you step out on the pitch you saw how Adebayo Akinfenwa was with our defenders and how others are too – that’s what I want from Marlon.
“I thought Charlie [Wyke] led the line for, what maybe 60 minutes, and then got a bit of cramp but from then on Marlon closed the game down.
“He was chasing the ball into the corner and their defenders down in injury time and that shows there is more.
“If you can do that in the 95th minute then you can do it from the first.
“So that’s the standard and I won’t stop asking more of him all the time.”
Harewood, a former Nottingham Forest, West Ham United and Newcastle United striker, signed for Pools in January and has scored four goals in 24 appearances for the club.
The striker – who turned 35 on Bank Holiday Monday – was a free agent after being released by Bristol City.
Harewood had been dropped for last Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge and looked like he had a point to prove when he came on as a substitute.
He was then restored to the startling line-up for the trip to the Dons, where he partnered Wyke up front. The pair both getting on the scoresheet.
Cooper added: “I was delighted for Marlon to get a goal and delighted with the reaction of the fans that came down to him and towards the team at the end of the game.
“Fans can have a pop at me, but keep it away from the team.”