JONATHAN Franks is calling on his Hartlepool United team mates to carry the momentum gained from the weekend draw with Cheltenham Town into tonight’s FA Cup Second Round replay at Coventry City.
Colin Cooper’s men came from 2-0 down at half time to rescue a point against the Robins on Saturday thanks to a brace from Franks, who excelled up front alongside Andy Monkhouse.
Now focus shifts to the world famous FA Cup competition and Pools are aiming to make it through to the Third Round were the winners of tonight’s match will play Barnsley early in the New Year.
First things first though and Pools have to combat a difficult away trip to the Sky Blues, who play their games at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium.
Franks, with four goals to his name this campaign, isn’t intimidated by the League One side though and says the momentum is with Pools after Saturday’s comeback.
The 23-year-old said: “We have to build on Saturday’s result because coming back from a 2-0 deficit is a really big plus.
“We look back at the games at Newport County when we were 2-0 down and we were poor.
“It was the same in the first half on Saturday but the difference was we managed to bring it back.
“We have the momentum going now and the manager has a good squad to pick from.
“There were people on the bench that would normally be in the team on Saturday.”
The former Middlesbrough midfielder is relishing working with gaffer Colin Cooper and his assistant Craig Hignett, former Boro players and coaches themselves.
Stockton-born Franks describes the pair as “Mr Serious and Mr Daft” but says they compliment each other well.
Franks said: “I’m relishing working with the gaffer.
“I didn’t know what he was like as a manager until he came but obviously I knew what he was about as a person and his mentality and now all the lads do as well.
“They both compliment each other really well, with Mr Serious and Mr Daft.
“But they have both been really good.”
Franks says the strong links between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool can only be “good” for both teams and says Pools have benefited from getting midfielder Matty Dolan, 20, and defender Christian Burgess, 22, on loan.
Franks added: “The link can only be a good thing.
“It is good for everybody as the lads are getting experience playing football, while the club don’t have to buy players and they are doing a good job for the club.
“I think it is a good arrangement all round.”