Cooper delighted Hartlepool Utd are sharing goals around team

Luke James celebrates his goal i against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James celebrates his goal i against AFC Wimbledon. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper says he is more than happy for the goals to be shared around the team this season.

And he has praised the hunger of his players to find the back of the net.

Luke James has taken the limelight so far this campaign and is the club’s seven-goal top scorer in league and cup competitions but his team-mates aren’t too far behind, to the delight of the gaffer.

James Poole scored his fourth of the season in the 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in Sky Bet League Two, with Andy Monkhouse netting his third of the campaign when he popped up with the winner against the Daggers.

Jack Compton, who has been suspended for the last three games after seeing red against Plymouth Argyle, has also been among the scorers this season and already has four strikes to his name.

While the likes of Jonathan Franks have also chipped in with goals.

In fact, the only regular players in the starting 11 not to score are goalkeeper Scott Flinders and marauding right-back Michael Duckworth, although he did go close against Dagenham.

Earlier this week Monkhouse said he didn’t set himself any targets but was keen to catch up with 18-year-old James in the goalscoring charts and Cooper is pleased the goals are being shared around.

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The 46-year-old, who is busy preparing the team for the FA Cup match against Notts County at Victoria Park on Saturday, said: “It is great that the goals are being spread around the team.

“If Andy really wants to catch Luke and Poolie has an eye on them both and wants to catch them then great.

“If you are hungry to do well and score goals, as a forward player, that is brilliant.

“Tongue in cheek I’d love to think Luke will get 12, 15 or 20 goals, Andy gets 12 to 15, Poolie gets 10 to 15, Sweens chips in and Compton, who has four, chips in as well.

“There is only Michael Duckworth and Scott Flinders that have not scored at the moment from the team that started against Dagenham & Redbridge, so that’s great.

“And Michael almost did.”

Pools have won five out of their last six matches in Sky Bet League Two scoring 13 goals along the way.

The stunning run of form has led to Cooper being nominated for the manager of the month award and James being nominated for the player of the month award, with both finding out if they have won the gong tomorrow.