Hartlepool United players must make better decisions says Colin Cooper

TAKING THE FIGHT TO BURY: Luke James and Bradley Walker in action against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID
TAKING THE FIGHT TO BURY: Luke James and Bradley Walker in action against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper admitted the second goal for Bury “knocked the stuffing” out of his Hartlepool United side who he has called on to make better decisions.

Substitute Danny Rose took advantage of a Matthew Bates mistake in the second-half to secure the three points for David Flitcroft’s side, who had taken the lead in the 18th minute through Daniel Nardiello’s header.

Bury played a 3-5-2 formation and it worked well with plenty of options for them going forward and safety in numbers at the back when they didn’t have the ball.

Speaking afterwards, Cooper praised the movement of Bury’s Nardiello, in particular, but said he was left frustrated by the nature of the goals conceded.

The Pools manager has also called on his side to make better decisions in key moments of the game - Darren Holden guilty of not doing better with a pass when he was free inside the box in the first-half.

Reflecting on the match, Cooper said: “They started well with three centre-backs and it worked for them.

“It’s two teams trying to do the right thing and one bit of good movement on their part and one mistake on our part sees them win.

“The first goal came from our attack. We try to work on overloads in and around the box.

“Darren [Holden] is a very willing young lad who will run and run, but you have to make the right decision in that position and you have to have movement – and I’m not sure we had it.

“You need to make defenders think in those situations. We had similar outcomes in both halves.

“The second goal knocked the stuffing out of us when we had the momentum.

“As Bury said afterwards, they didn’t know were we were coming from and we were dominant but we didn’t do enough to break them down and the mistake [from Bates] compounds things.”

Cooper was also disappointed with the disallowed goal in the second-half, when Marlon Harewood needlessly touched a Jonathan Franks header over the line and the linesman flagged for offside.

Disappointed Cooper added: “We had one offside as well, whether Marlon [Harewood] gets a touch or not I don’t know, but it’s about making good decisions at good times.

“Bury have been honest to admit they were on the back foot in the second-half but we weren’t good enough to break them down.

“I’m hoping everyone goes away disappointed – I certainly will.”