Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper says spirit played big part in 3-0 hammering of Notts County

Gary Liddle gets elbowed in the face while trying to win a header. Picture by FRANK REID
Gary Liddle gets elbowed in the face while trying to win a header. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper believes the spirit and willingness of his players to fight for each other was the key to Saturday’s 3-0 crushing of Notts County.

The Magpies failed to register an effort on target as Pools exacted revenge for a woeful display which resulted in the reverse scoreline at Meadow Lane in October.

Evan Horwood plays the ball down the left wing during the second half. Picture by FRANK REID

Evan Horwood plays the ball down the left wing during the second half. Picture by FRANK REID

But from the start the hosts bullied their opponents and cruised to victory thanks to a brace from Tony Sweeney and a late Andy Monkhouse effort.

And Cooper told SportMail: “Everyone fought each other’s corner, they never gave up.

“Each and every one of them helped the other out.

“It’s so pleasing for me to see the fighting spirit they have for each other – it is immense.”

Read more of Neale’s Cooper’s delighted thoughts, plus a full match report, photos and reaction, in today’s Sportmail.