Hartlepool Utd must keep winning - starting with Plymouth Argyle

Jack Compton scores against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Compton scores against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

LIFE could not be better for Colin Cooper and Hartlepool United.

But the Pools boss pointed out that for all the glory at Mansfield, Sheffield United and Exeter, those wins are now in the history books.

Cooper now says all their attention must be centred on repeating those successes against Plymouth Argyle tomorrow and then Wimbledon on Tuesday and Scunthorpe next Saturday.

“That week has gone,” said the Pools boss.“Everyone was happy, and rightly so, with the three results and performances.

“But now we have another three games in a week when we have to try to maintain that level if we want to keep progressing.

“I think you want to allow them to feel good and be confident and believe in their ability and what we are trying to do.

“But you have to avoid complacency and over-confidence.

“I’m happy with the week, but wary that if standards drop in any shape then we will get a kick up the backside.

“We said coming back from Exeter to them all that they deserve a pat on the back – squad, players and staff.

“But, by the same token, Exeter is over. There’s two really important home games now.”

And one of the priorities for Cooper, as he has told SportMail before, is the desire to give the Victoria Park faithful something to cheer.

Pools have collected nine points on the road, but only three – a 2-1 victory over Accrington Stanley – at the Vic.

“We want to try to put on performance and get results for home fans. Away fans have been the lucky ones.

“I’ve not been unhappy with form at home, other than half an hour against Oxford.

“We have created chances and I’d like to think our fans appreciate what we are trying to do, but we’ve not found the cutting edge.

“We have played teams off the park and not secured a result.

“Some teams have gone away very complimentary about us, but it’s easy to do that after sneaking a win.

“We have to make sure we can maintain a level of performance and back it up. “A lot of things in the last week have seen us counter attack well and hold firm at the other end. We have to try to do that again at home.”

Plymouth, on paper, should not scare Pools – they are below the in the table and have failed to win on the road for eight weeks.

Cooper is concerned that his players do not take theior foot off the accelarator pedal.

“We’ve had a good week, it’s nice to get good things said about the side,£ he expained.

“The hard thing is to go on a little run, not lose your next game, and any kind of run – winning or drawing – gives you confidence.

“Again this weekend is about progressing and backing up good results with more good results and we have an opportunity to do that.”