Hartlepool Utd step up search for goalscorer

Colin Cooper on the sidelines during the game against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Cooper on the sidelines during the game against Southend United. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper will today redouble his efforts to bring a goalscorer to Hartlepool United.

The Pools boss has watched on as his side have failed to score in their opening two matches in League Two.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southend United sees them occupying bottom spot in the fourth tier with last season’s failings all too apparent.

Cooper now has three weeks to strengthen his attacking options, but the manager will be keen to bring in new faces before Saturday’s trip to York City.

“I watched a game on Sunday, I’m watching two today and we’re making phone calls of the time,” the Pools chief told SportMail.

“People still tell us they want to help us and hopefully on the back of that let’s hope we can do something.

“It can only help us, Tony Sweeney had a niggle on Friday and went off on Saturday then Andy Monkhouse wasn’t available as his wife had a baby and he needed to spend some time with his family.

“Take them two out and, all of a sudden, we have two boys in the squad.

“For me to be happy, to lose one or two we need back up that we just don’t have.

“I want players who can come straight in if possible to make us stronger on the whole.”

But goals, or the lack of them, remain the problem.

Pools failed to find a way beyond 10-man Southend at the weekend, and Cooper went on: “We need a solution to putting the ball in the goal and we will do that.

“The bits in between are coming and the rest will be there.

“I’m not going to make any bones about it, we have to find a solution and that’s our job.

“We will get there and we are getting there slowly.

“They are young lads, an honest bunch and they were really down after Saturday.

“As young players they have to keep believing in what we are trying to do but we may take knocks on the way.

“On the whole they have taken things on board, but we have to find a way of getting on the end of deliveries into the box.

“Not every time, sometimes Jack (Compton) and Franksy (Jon Franks) have to make the decisions of what kind of cross to put in.

“If there isn’t a cross to be had, then find a way to pick a way through rather than getting a shot off – pass it or slide someone in.

“I’m disappointed and I’m frustrated, but I genuinely believe we will be fine.”