Neale Cooper admits frustration scaled new level during Oldham defeat

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NEALE Cooper admits his frustration scaled its highest level since returning to the Victoria Park dugout during last night’s 1-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic.

The Scot watched his side lose a six-game unbeaten run as their barren spell without a goal was extended to 10 minutes shy of seven hours.

Debutant Ryan Noble – on loan from Sunderland – was Cooper’s pick of the bunch and he twice went close to equalising Jean-Yves M’voto’s eighth-minute opener.

And the Pools boss admits he lost his cool with his team in the dressing room after the game.

“That was a major frustration and the most frustrated I’ve been since I came back here,” he said as Pools slipped one place to 12th in League One.

“I went in the dressing room and was a bit angry.

“There was some good things and the supporters saw that, but you need better quality and more from certain players, you need a bit more bottle.

“You need a strong mentality to dig in deep, you can’t always get that from the crowd.”

He went on: “We put some good balls in the box at times but didn’t punish them, that’s frustrating.

“We added Ryan in a bid to bring us more up front and I thought he did very well.

“He was very unlucky with a couple of chances.

“He took his first one very well but the keeper made a good save and with another one he went really close and he was our best threat.

“But nothing really bounced for us and Peter Hartley had a good header cleared from the line late on, that was just how it went for us.”