COLIN Cooper has praised the impact of Jack Compton on his Hartlepool United return.
But the Pools manager has challenged the left-winger to be more consistent week-in, week-out.
Compton was almost unplayable at times during the 2-0 win over Shrewsbury at Victoria Park on Saturday.
He was bright, creative, direct and set up both goals –one for Charlie Wyke in the fifth minute before teeing up Brad Walker to smash the ball home and seal the win in the 79th.
It was only Compton’s second start of the season – after being named on the bench for the previous three – and was dropped altogether for the home defeat to Bury.
After the Shakers clash, Cooper said Compton hadn’t done enough in training to warrant inclusion while he also questioned his attitude after being dropped to the bench for the 6-2 Capital One Cup defeat at Port Vale.
But Compton has bounced back well, is now in the first team again and put in a man- of-the-match performance.
Cooper told SportMail: “For anyone who plays in forward positions consistency is nigh-on impossible – you get highs and you get lows.
“Jack is like that. It is more to do with when he feels wanted.
“He feels wanted now as I picked him and I laid him a challenge to supply some ammunition and be creative, get crosses in.”
Before the season started Compton had set himself the target of netting 10 goals and providing 10 assists this season.
His manager knows it can be hard for attack-minded players to reach the same level of consistency every week.
But Cooper admits those that do, will find themselves in the team more often than those that don’t.
“He was positive against Shrewsbury in the second half especially.
“In the first-half there were times when he was a bit negative but he grew into the match and created goals.
“Hats off to him, he has a lot to offer.
“Consistency for forwards and wide players is a big thing. For Jack, Franksy, Charlie [Wyke], Ryan [Brobbel] and anybody else that plays in those positions if you can show a level of consistency you will be in the team more times than you are not.”