Colin Cooper happy with Hartlepool United at front and back

AT THE HEART OF THE ACTION: Sam Collins in action against Torquay United. Picture by FRANK REID
AT THE HEART OF THE ACTION: Sam Collins in action against Torquay United. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper is an honest man. He knew his team had been in a game.

But his team put the defeat at Northampton behind them in style with a 3-0 victory over Torquay, the side who have replaced the Cobblers at the bottom.

The scoreline looks straight forward enough, but it was far from that given the Gulls had great chances at 0-0 and 1-0.

“The first goal was crucial,” said Cooper. “If you are in the bottom reaches of the league and get in front then you have something to really fight for.

“Until you knock that fight out of them they will keep coming.

“Credit to Torquay – they did keep coming, probably until Marlon scored and then you could see the energy had gone.

“They were happy then, I would suggest, for the game to end and get back on the bus.

“I’m pleased we kept our goal intact, and it wasn’t easy.”

Scott Flinders made some good saves and the defence did well to blunt the little and large forward line of Enoch Showunmi and Elliot Benyon.

But the three Pools goals had Cooper purring.

“It was a lovely finish from Jack,” said the 47-year-old.

“He shifts the ball onto his left foot and finds the top corner.

“I spoke with Luke before the game and said we want someone to make a movement towards the ball in case the corner isn’t hit how it’s supposed to be.

“Jack would be honest and admit he scuffed it.

“But because of Luke’s movement and Torquay not putting a man on the posts then the ball has crept through and sneaked in at the back post.

“But it’s credit to him – I asked him to do it and he did it.

“He smiled and acknowledged me after scoring, but it came because of what he did.

“And the last one? As soon as he was clear, Marlon was always going to score.

“I was sure of it going in when he was one-on-one with the keeper and the finish? That’s the extra quality Marlon has.”