Coops: Lads must look at themselves

Neale Cooper at the end of the game. Picture by FRANK REID
Neale Cooper at the end of the game. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper believes that – regardless of who is in charge of Hartlepool United – the club’s players need to have “a serious look at themselves”.

The Scot accepts that his own position will be called into question if fortunes do not improve, last night’s 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient extending the winless run to 10 matches and keeping them second from bottom in League One.

And Cooper admits that his side’s performance, especially on the back of Saturday’s heartening 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers, had “frightened” him.

“I praised them on Saturday but then we play like that, it’s so frustrating,” he told SportMail after a display in which the visitors were void of passion and quality.

“How can I go from getting what I did on Saturday to that?

“Too many players never turned up – it was frightening.

“I’ve told the players who they are, and if they’re honest enough they should know themselves.

“We’re trying to fight for everything right now and that just wasn’t good enough.”

He went on: “What more can I say?

“This is my job – if it’s not to be then so be it.

“But I’ve got family, I’m like the man on the street.

“I’m hurting again, it means an awful lot to me.

“But whatever happens with me, they had better have a serious look at themselves – they have to do way better than that.”

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