Hartlepool Utd boss urges players to end on a high against Leyton Orient

Neale Cooper
Neale Cooper

NEALE Cooper is urging his players to send Hartlepool United’s long-suffering home support into the summer on the back of an afternoon to remember.

Pools’ home record reads won five, drawn six, lost 11 – a return Cooper admits is far from acceptable.

But tomorrow – with League One strugglers Leyton Orient the visitors – Pools have a chance to bring the curtain down on their home campaign with a long-overdue victory.

You have to venture back to the middle of February – seven matches – for the last time the Victoria Park faithful toasted maximum points on home soil.

In that time the club have launched their new season-ticket initiative and Cooper admits that a final-day win would not go amiss.

“It’s not been good enough at home this season,” said the Scot.

“We need to finish on a high note – that’s important for us and the supporters.

“It’s important to sell tickets ahead of next year, but I feel for the supporters this season.

“We can’t hide the fact it hasn’t been good enough and if we’d won half the games we should have done then we’d be up there challenging.

“The effort will be there tomorrow, but we also want to play some good stuff.

“To get a win with a good performance would be huge for everyone.”