Hartlepool Utd to repay fans with Bury home clash


HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper can’t wait for kick-off against Bury tomorrow, and hopes to use the clash to repay the club’s fans.

The match with the Shakers comes on the back of a 1-0 league defeat away to Stevenage last Saturday, and the midweek 6-2 humbling at the hands on Port Vale in the Capital One Cup.

Cooper said: “I’m looking forward to stepping out for our first home game.

“Our supporters have always been very good, and the ones who took the trips to Stevenage and Port Vale, they’re the ones you feel sorry for, especially the ones at Port Vale the other night.

“If they turn up at the Vic tomorrow we owe them something back.

“For those who went to Port Vale you can only say sorry to them for the way we conceded the goals.

“Now we have to roll our sleeves up, and try to put it right in the first available opportunity, which is at home.”

Following the clash with Bury, Pools face Dagenham and Redbrige at Victoria Park on Tuesday night, and Cooper wants to use the home advantage to gain some momentum.

He added: “We got two opportunities at home in four days, and hopefully we can take them and get our season off and running.

“We all know that in the first few weeks in this league it can get hectic and games are thrown at you right, left and centre.

“But that’s where we are at and we have to get our heads down, work hard and try to get the results we want.”

Cooper expects another tough test against a Bury side, which will also be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat.

He said: “They will be disappointed with their start at home to Cheltenham last Saturday, but they will be the same as us, they’ll be wanting to put things right.

“We lost away from home, they lost at home, so both teams will be looking to reverse their fortunes tomorrow. So hopefully it will be a good game.”

Cooper believes the Shakers will look to get the ball down and play tomorrow, with boss David Flitcroft hoping for big things this term.

“I think when David (Flitcroft) took over the club was in a bit of turmoil, but as he did at Barnsley I think he galvanised things,” Cooper said.

“They had a decent end to last season, and I think he believes that they have got a strong chance of achieving something this season.

“I think the one thing I know about David is that he likes to try to play, it’s not a team of giants it’s a team of some more than capable footballers in League Two.

“But hopefully we give our fans a good game and get the right result.”

Tomorrow’s game will see the return of James Poole, who left the club in the summer.

Despite offering the player a new deal at Pools, Cooper wishes his former player well - although not tomorrow.

He added: “When James left in the summer I’d offered him a deal to stay here, but he wanted to seek new opportunities.

“I think he had aspirations of possibly moving abroad, that obviously didn’t materialise for him.

“I’ve said many times for James’ career not to stall at this level his ratios need to come up.

“If he’s involved either on the bench, as he came on last Saturday or if he starts he will be wanting to prove a point coming back to the Vic.

“I wish nothing but the best to the players who have left.

“Like I say I offered him a deal, but he wanted to try his luck elsewhere so good luck to him and good luck to Bury - after tomorrow.”

Cooper will check on the fitness of Stuart Parnaby as the summer signing missed the midweek trip to Port Vale with a foot injury sustained on the opening day at Stevenage and will be assessed further before the weekend.

Matthew Bates, Michael Woods and Ryan Brobbel will hope to make their home debuts, while Tommy Miller could make his first competitive Pools appearance at The Vic in over 13 years.