STEP ON THE GAS - Hartlepool Utd boss challenges lads to repeat win at Bristol Rovers

Colin Cooper on the sidelines during the game against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Cooper on the sidelines during the game against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United and Colin Cooper are off the League Two win mark – now the boss has challenged the team to go and do it again.

Pools will head to Bristol Rovers this Saturday with confidence up a significant amount after recording their first SkyBet League victory.

Superly-taken first-half goals by Jonathan Franks and Andy Monkhouse gave Pools a 2-1 success over bottom club Accrington Stanley at Victoria Park to move out of the bottom two.

Now Pools go to the Memorial Ground, where Bristol Rovers are unbeaten so far this campaign.

But Cooper sees no reason why they can’t add to their tally against the Gas, who are three places and two points better off than his side.

“We’ve had a first win, we’ve had two draws, so let’s go to Bristol and get something,” said the Pools boss.

“We said after Bradford that it would boost morale and, as much as we were in control against Wycombe we didn’t do enough to win.

“We battered them and they left with the points.

“We’ve battered Fleetwood and Southend as well and now Accrington, so the win is deserved.

“You now just want the lads to push on.

“They scored the first league goal last week, got their first league win this week, conceded a goal and still went on to win the game – all these little bits and pieces are building blocks along the way.

“But there’s no let up.

“If you accept as a footballer, a sportsman, a professional, to be happy with just one win then you have a kick up the backside to come.

“So it’s the job of me and Craig [Hignett] to make sure that we go to Bristol and are ready to give them a game and come away with something.

“I think we have enough to go there and win.”

Pools played some fine football in the win over Stanley though they were forced to cling on a bit at the end.

Cooper was happy with the determination to clinch those three points.

“I’m going to be very positive – we’ve deserved it for weeks,” he said.

“Other than 20 minutes at the end, we put them to the sword and could have won five or six.

“If the chances after half-time had gone in, we could have gone on to win by six or seven – is that being greedy?

“Fair play to Accrington, they threw everything at us and we saw it out.

“We were determined not to lose it.

“There may have been some anxiousness after we conceded, but still went on and won.

“People may say about a monkey off the back, but now it’s happened, it’s full steam ahead and we have to build on this.

“The standard is set by the players – they also have to raise it all the time.”