NEALE Cooper admits he is “chuffed” to have weekend match-winner Ryan Noble at Hartlepool United – and has today tipped the loan star to go on and forge a career as a “prolific goalscorer”.
The Sunderland striker last week promised his new boss that he would solve Pools’ problems in front of goal and on Saturday, at Yeovil Town, he made good that pledge.
Noble scored his first-ever senior goal to bring to an end Pools’ eight-hour wait for a breakthrough, and that was enough to earn a first win in six for Cooper’s men.
And the Scot believes the maiden strike will be the first of many for the 20-year-old marksman.
“I was delighted for Ryan to get his first goal,” he told SportMail, “He’s someone who could go on to have a very good career as a prolific goalscorer.
“I’m just so chuffed to have him here.
“He’s fitted in well with the boys and I think he’s enjoying it here.
“He’s playing at a level he should be right now and it’s a great experience for him.
“He’s a lovely boy and I like his attitude. I heard him on the phone to his dad after the game, he was so pleased.”
Noble’s goal was an instinctive, close-range smash into the roof of the net 20 minutes into the second half at Huish Park.
Having drawn a blank on his Pools debut during the midweek defeat to Oldham Athletic, the former England youth international had vowed to score at the weekend.
And Cooper has revealed that there was a steely determination about Noble in the dressing room before Saturday’s encounter.
“He looked so focused before the game and I told Micky (Barron) that,” the Scot continued.
“I felt really happy to have him on board with us.
“I said, ‘you okay, Ryan?’, and he said, ‘yeah, I’m ready’.
“He’s got his bright (pink) boots – but I don’t mind that – and he’s got something about him to wear boots like that.
“But he told me he would score after Tuesday’s game and he’s come up with the goods.”
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