Colin Cooper admits current Hartlepool United squad is not good enough

Matty Bates (left) and Scott Flinders after Danny Rose scores the second goal for Bury. Picture by FRANK REID
Matty Bates (left) and Scott Flinders after Danny Rose scores the second goal for Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper admits his Hartlepool United side isn’t “good enough” at the moment as he continues his search to add more “quality” to the squad.

Pools suffered their third consecutive defeat of the season, a 2-0 loss at home to Bury in Sky Bet League Two to add to the opening day defeat at Stevenage and the cup thrashing at Port Vale.

It has been a worrying eight days for supporters who are rightly concerned about the quality and depth of the current Pools squad.

Defeat against Bury came courtesy of a first-half header from Daniel Nardiello and a soft goal from sub Danny Rose after he took advantage of a Matthew Bates mistake.

This season has, worryingly, started in much the same fashion as last season, when Pools went six league matches before securing their first win.

It could be a very long season indeed unless Pools can get off the mark quickly.

Cooper, whose side face bottom-of-the-table Dagenham tomorrow night, insists his men are trying to play the game the “right way” but admits he still has to quickly find a formula that works – with the addition of some better quality players.

“Last year was all new to us, we were trying to do the right things in our minds, playing the right way and it didn’t quite click,” said Cooper.

“I suppose there is a similarity but all you can do is look back for the thing that turned in our favour.

“We have to find a formula that works and the personnel in that system.

“And knowing, being brutally honest, that I’m after the kind of quality we don’t have at the moment.

“We are a very young and thin squad and it’s my job to find players to add to it.

“They are an honest and young group with a lot of endeavour but at the moment it isn’t quite clicking or good enough.

“I will try to improve it, hoping we can get the people in for that bit extra to get off and running.”