Let’s give FA Cup replay at Coventry City a good crack says Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper

FRANKS VERY MUCH: Jonathan Franks celebrates the second of his two goals against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID
FRANKS VERY MUCH: Jonathan Franks celebrates the second of his two goals against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper wants to see his Hartlepool United side have a “right good crack” at Coventry City tonight and make it into the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Pools travel to Northampton to face the League One side in the Second Round replay (KO 7.45pm) after the sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park earlier this month.

Cooper’s side go into the game boosted by Saturday’s 2-2 away to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two, which saw Pools come back from two down thanks to a brace from Jonathan Franks.

Coventry, who are currently playing their home games at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium after they went into administration in March, are 11th in the league above.

But Cooper has urged his troops to give it their best shot of progressing to the next round. The last time they reached the Third Round of the competition was back in 2010-11, when Pools were beaten by Watford.

For the game at Victoria Park, Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley was without front choice pairing Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson, who have more than 25-goals between them so far this season, through injury and suspension respectively.

But the pair are now back and both played in Coventry’s 2-2 draw against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The 46-year-old said: “I obviously can’t read Steven’s mind but if Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson are fit then they are a good strike partnership.

“I have seen them two or three times and they are a strong side.

“They are in the league above us and do play some good football, as we have seen at The Vic, and it will be a really tough game.

“But it is an FA Cup tie so we might as well go and have a right good crack at it.

“You look at things and say is there something we can tweak and we will have a look to see what we consider to be the right thing to do tonight.

“Coventry changed when they came up to the Vic from the way that they had been playing.

“They obviously have players back available now so will they revert back to type at home?

“We will have to assess what we can do in order to counter what they might do and also give them some problems, which we have to do because it is an FA Cup tie.”

Pools are missing Jordan Richards, out for four weeks after a double hernia operation, but have no fresh injury worries ahead of tonight’s match, just players nursing bumps and bruises.

Cooper added: “If anyone does have any bumps and bruises then we will have to give them as long as we possibly can to see if they can make tonight but there is nothing major injury wise.”

Meanwhile, Coventry City’s on-loan Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall has been refused permission to play in the cup by his parent club and Chris Maguire has also been told he can’t become cup-tied by his club, Sheffield Wednesday.

Centre-back Dan Seaborne has been cleared to play by his parent club Yeovil Town. Meanwhile, Pressley is also sweating on the fitness of central defender Jordan Clarke.

Coventry City (possible): Murphy, Adams, Christie, Seaborne, J Clarke, Moussa, Fleck, Thomas, Baker, Wilson, Clarke.

Pools (possible): Flinders, Austin, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Dolan, Walton, Monkhouse, Compton, Poole, Franks.

Subs: Rafferty, Collins, Holden, Sweeney, Walker, James, Rodney.