Hartlepool United to bring two strikers in on trial

Colin Cooper looks on against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Cooper looks on against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper has revealed he will be bringing two unattached strikers into the club on trial next week as he looks to find a “cutting edge”.

Cooper was speaking after seeing his side pick up a point after a goalless draw with Portsmouth at Victoria Park in Sky Bet League Two.

The point gained from the third consecutive clean sheet at home was enough to see Pools rise out of the bottom two.

But the search remains ongoing for fresh additions up front.

Cooper revealed after the game two out of contract forwards will be training with the club at Maiden Castle from Tuesday and said there is no issue when it comes to Financial Fair Play rules, saying there is scope to add to the squad.

Reflecting on the goalless draw, Cooper said: “Portsmouth have definitely had the best chance in the first-half and the best in the second-half but we had three or four chances in between.

“At the end [Pompey manager] Andy Awford is pleased to be going away with a draw but he will have been disappointed at half-time not to be leading.

“We were a bit panicky in defence because of the position we are in, slashing at things in and around the box and not being calm.

“You still have to be calm.

“Second-half, the lads at the back felt more comfortable playing a higher line.

“Other than Scott Flinders having to make an outstanding save, the momentum was then towards the Portsmouth goal but we didn’t quite find the end bit.”

* See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for full match reaction from Colin Cooper and Michael Duckworth plus pictures, match analysis and your #TerraceTweets.