Finding the right fit for Glovers

James Poole
James Poole

NEALE Cooper could change system at Yeovil Town tomorrow in a bid to solve the Hartlepool United goalscoring conundrum, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The scoreless streak stands at just 10 minutes shy of the seven-hour mark, James Poole’s first-half effort in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons on March 3 the last time Pools located the back of the net.

It’s a run which has silenced talk of a late play-off push and for the first time under Cooper’s care Pools are now closer to the relegation zone than they are the top six, nine points and 10 points the respective margins.

The Scot could tweak his formation for the trip to Huish Park with 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 both possible variations on the 4-3-3 seen in recent weeks.

A 3-5-2 look could see Jack Baldwin come in at the back to join Peter Hartley and Sam Collins in the centre of defence, with Neil Austin and Evan Horwood acting as wing-backs.

Either way, Cooper seems keen to pair loanee Ryan Noble and Andy Monkhouse in attack.

“Ryan is better with a striker alongside him and I thought him and Andy linked up well the other night,” Cooper said as he looked back on Noble’s debut during the 1-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic.

“His strength is playing on the shoulder of the last man and getting in behind.

“What we did well on Tuesday was when Andy came inside to pick it up and drove at people he played the little balls in for Noble to enjoy.

“He also won a few balls in the air, which he always does, for Ryan to chase and I think they could work as a pair.

“But it will be the same squad as Tuesday and we’ll have to consider what approach we take.”

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