Hartlepool’s previous visit to Preston North End was last seaosn’s best perfromance

Neale Cooper
Neale Cooper

NEALE Cooper will tonight return to the scene of last season’s “best away performance”.

It was at Preston North End’s Deepdale in February that Pools bossed their hosts, only to leave empty handed.

Cooper’s boys created a catalogue of chances that night but failed to convert, Lilywhites substitute Danny Mayor eventually firing a late winner for Graham Westley’s men.

And the Scot reflected: “We were unjustly defeated there last year.

“We had so many chances to win the game and it was such a frustrating night.

“It was the best away performance I saw last season.

“We created so many chances but just couldn’t take them.

“We saw that last weekend against Carlisle as well and it’s something we’ve still got to improve.

“Yes, it’s nice to create chances, but if you don’t score them then you won’t win anything.”

Tonight, however, Cooper will refrain from a Gung-ho approach.

Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth saw the Pools boss switch system to a 4-5-1 in a bid to frustrate The Cherries, a ploy which came within 90 seconds of garnering victory.

Simon Walton’s penalty had given the visitors the lead 17 minutes from time, only for Matt Tubbs to salvage a stoppage-time draw for the southerners.