COLIN Cooper is “100-per-cent convinced” Hartlepool United will not reside in the League Two drop zone come the end of the season.
Tomorrow’s visit of bottom club Accrington Stanley (kick-off 3pm) has brought into focus the early-campaign peril of the respective clubs.
The pair are the only teams in the division not to have won a game this season and thus occupy the two relegation berths.
Pools have lost three on the spin at home while Stanley have replicated that return on their travels.
Something, then, has to give at Victoria Park this weekend.
Cooper will not entertain the notion of the proverbial “relegation six-pointer”, but he nonetheless admits that a first win would do wonders for the belief of his players.
“I don’t see this as anything other than the next game, we’re in the position we’re both in and that’s that,” he told SportMail today.
“We won’t try to sugar-coat it, we’re in this position because of results.
“But to get that one win, I believe, would send us on a roll.
“I’m frustrated for the players and fans because I don’t think we’ve got the results we’ve deserved so far.
“We’re down the bottom now but I’m 100-per-cent certain that we won’t be there come the end of the season.
“I just want to get that first win, for the fans and the players.
“That would give the fans a reason to come along with us and the players the belief and confidence going forward.”
Cooper has stated from the outset that he is striving to bring about a change of philosophy throughout the entire football club.
But he concedes that results on the pitch would certainly aid that transition in the short term,
“We’re trying to do something here but we’re just six weeks into that,” he went on, the 46-year-old now three months into his Clarence Road tenure.
“There has been a change in philosophy and a change in culture.
“Maybe we’re being a bit impatient but I will continue to implement the changes I want to make throughout the football club.
“I just think a couple of wins would calm everyone down and persuade people to go with the flow a little bit more.
“That would gave players and fans a little bit of belief and confidence in what we’re doing going forward.”