Hartlepool Utd have nothing to fear from Coventry City in FA Cup tie

Colin Cooper
Colin Cooper

THE Hartlepool United players have nothing to fear when they take on Coventry City in the next round of the FA Cup according to their manager, writes Richard Mennear.

But Colin Cooper admits the full attention of the club is currently on the next three important Sky Bet League Two matches, starting with Northampton Town at Victoria Park today.

Pools reached the Second Round of the FA Cup courtesy of a convincing 3-2 win over League One side Notts County and next up is the Sky Blues, also from the league above, next Saturday, December 7, at Victoria Park.

But a confident Cooper said his players have nothing to fear after already defeating League One sides County, Sheffield United and Bradford this season in cup competitions.

The 46-year-old described the draw as “very tough” but is looking forward to giving Steven Pressley’s team a good game.

Coventry City, who are currently playing their home games at Northampton Town after they went into administration in March, started the season with minus 10 points but are currently sitting in 12th place after a promising start to the season.

Cooper and his assistant Craig Hignett were due to watch Coventry take on Bradford City in a League One fixture at Valley Parade tomorrow as part of their FA Cup preparations.

Cooper said: “I would suggest Coventry are one of the form sides in the country, especially with them starting on minus 10 points.

“It will be tough. Steven Pressley has a team that is playing well, that don’t concede many and are scoring goals.

“They are flying at the moment but we don’t have anything to fear in our league or the league above.

“We can play and give teams from either league a game.

“We have a few games before the FA Cup and lets look at Northampton, Bury and Portsmouth before worrying about that.”