Colin Cooper disappointed with his Hartlepool United side’s decision making after Bury loss

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

DISAPPOINTED Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has called on his side to make better decisions after they suffered their third successive defeat.

At Victoria Park on Saturday substitute Danny Rose took advantage of a Matthew Bates mistake in the second-half to secure the three points for David Flitcroft’s side, who had taken the lead in the 18th minute through Daniel Nardiello’s header.

Speaking afterwards, Cooper said he was left frustrated by the nature of the goals conceded and has called on his side to make better decisions in key moments of the game.

One instance came in the first half when left-back Darren Holden was guilty of not doing better with a pass when he was free inside the box.

Reflecting on the match, Cooper said: “The first goal came from our attack. We try to work on overloads in and around the box.

“Darren [Holden] is a very willing young lad who will run and run, but you have to make the right decision in that position and you have to have movement – and I’m not sure we had it.

“You need to make defenders think in those situations. We had similar outcomes in both halves.

“The second goal knocked the stuffing out of us when we had the momentum.

“As Bury said afterwards, they didn’t know were we were coming from and we were dominant but we didn’t do enough to break them down and the mistake [from Bates] compounds things.”

Cooper was also disappointed with the disallowed goal in the second-half, when Marlon Harewood needlessly touched a Jonathan Franks header over the line and the linesman flagged for offside.

Disappointed Cooper added: “We had one offside as well, whether Marlon [Harewood] gets a touch or not I don’t know, but it’s about making good decisions at good times.

“Bury have been honest to admit they were on the back foot in the second-half but we weren’t good enough to break them down.

“I’m hoping everyone goes away disappointed – I certainly will.”

* See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for pictures, full match analysis plus further reaction from Colin Cooper and defender Neil Austin and your verdict from the terraces.