HARTLEPOOL United may have just picked up their best away win of the season – but boss Colin Cooper is demanding they do it again and again.
Pools gained their first away victory under Cooper on Saturday when they took Mansfield Town to the cleaners with a 4-1 victory.
And Cooper wants to see Pools follow that up with success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Sheffield United tomorrow night and at high-flying Exeter on Saturday.
“I doubt League Two will sit up and take notice [of the win at Mansfield], Cooper told SportMail.
“But from my point of view it’s small steps and that was a terrific away performance.
“We have two more away matches to come though.
“We’ll be able to gauge on Saturday evening when we’re coming back from Exeter how the week has gone.
“Let’s not leave everything at Mansfield – let’s go to Sheffield and Exeter and back this up.”
Aside from the first 40-odd minutes against Oxford, Pools have found better form over the last four weeks.
And Cooper hopes they have now set a standard they will maintain.
“That’s what I hope,” he said.
“If they are prepared to put their bodies on the line and then are prepared to pass and play when the opportunity arises then we’ll continue to create chances.
“If we do that I think we’ll be all right [this season].”
Pools certainly set a standard at Field Mill where they scored four and could easily had eight.
And Cooper saw it as a triumph of desire as well as skill.
“Someone asked me last week are we set up to play away from home?
“All I said to the lads was that if you have to be prepared to put your bodies on the line against whoever you are playing against.
“Sometimes you have to show the blood and guts.
“We more than deserved that win on Saturday.”
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