HARTLEPOOL United have played some stunning football over the last three games.
But Colin Cooper has pointed out the key quality he wants from his players tomorrow against Plymouth Argyle: “Work your backsides off”.
Following the hat-trick of amazing away wins at Mansfield. Sheffield United and Exeter, Pools go into the visit of the Pilgrims on cloud nine (kick-off 3pm).
They have inflicted spectacular bloody noses on Mansfield and Exeter just days after the Stags and Grecians had registered famous wins. But Cooper believes good old-fashioned hard graft will negate any ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ factor.
The Pools boss said: “From watching, reading and listening about Plymouth, they are feeling good about themselves.
“Tomorrow isn’t a case when you kind of think you can just roll up on the pitch and pick up a win.
“We have to continiue to do the things which will give us the opportunity to win matches.
“That’s by working your backsides off first and foremost.
“We have to do that every game to have any chance of winning.
“To get the results we have away from home over the last three games we have worked incredibly
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hard over the course of the 90 minutes.”
Cooper expects Pools to have to graft for the spoils tomorrow.
Plymouth are hardly setting the world on fire - their away record matches the home tally of Pools of one win and four defeats.
John Sheridan’s team have only scored more than once in a match on the one occasion, their only away victory of the season, two months back at Cheltenham, where they triumphed 3-1.
Cooper, while not “fearful” is certainly respectful of the Pilgrims, who are one point and two places below his side in the table.
“I’m not fearful of them,” said the manager.
“Their coach has said their last two games have been good for them.
“Against Swindon, from the league above in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, they did themselves justice away from home, but unfortunately lost by the odd goal.
“Last weekend they dominated for half an hour, went in a goal up, but didn’t put the game out of sight and Portsmouth found a way back into the game.
“Probably over the course of the 90 minutes they were disappointed not to have won.”