Solano remains out of Hartlepool Utd’s first team squad ahead of Sheffield Wednesday clash

Nolberto Solano
Nolberto Solano

NOBBY Solano remains out of the first-team picture at Hartlepool United – but Neale Cooper believes the Peruvian’s time will come again.

For now, though, the new Pools boss will continue to invest his faith in graft rather than craft.

Cooper, while admittedly frustrated at a lack of cutting edge in the final third, is determined to first toughen the soft underbelly which had contributed to Pools’ poor form before his arrival.

The Scot has achieved that in recent matches with successive clean sheets for the first time since 2010 seeing his side take four points from six.

Solano, however, was a spectator from the bench during the 2-0 win over Rochdale and was left at home for last weekend’s stalemate at Exeter City.

He again looks set to miss out for tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday, and Cooper today explained the reasons for the 37-year-old’s omission.

“Nobby is at that stage in his career where you can’t do as much physically as the other lads,” he told SportMail.

“But his game has never been that and at this moment in time I feel we have to graft for everything we get, and that’s not Nobby’s game.

“I’ve got a bunch of boys in there at the moment who will work really hard.

“If you look at the fighting spirit and work-rate in the last two games that is what we need at this moment in time.

“There’s no other reason than that, it’s just he doesn’t suit our system right now.”

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