Colin Cooper challenges fringe men at Hartlepool

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper has called for his fringe men to take the opportunity presented by Jack Compton's suspension with both hands

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper has called for his fringe men to take the opportunity presented by Jack Compton’s suspension with both hands.

Cooper revealed that Compton had apologised to the squad for being sent off during the defeat of Plymouth, and the winger now faces a three-match suspension after the club opted not to appeal the suspension.

That opens the door for the likes of Anthony Sweeney and Nialle Rodney to fill in for the attack-minded Compton, who has been at the centre of plenty of Hartlepool’s good work during their fantastic four-match winning run. They take on Wimbledon tonight.

“Jack has been playing really well recently but he’s had a bit of a kick up the backside and hopefully it’s something he can learn from,” Cooper said.

“It presents an opportunity for someone else. Our squad is not massive but an opportunity is there for someone and we have always said that if someone comes in and does well it gives me and Craig and problem when Jack does come back. They have three games to show us what they can do and it’s up to someone to make the most of that opportunity.”

Cooper was proud of the way his players dug out a win against Plymouth, but admits that in the cold light of day they “got away” with a performance that dipped below the levels he's set his side.

“We have had conversations since then and we all felt we weren’t doing the things we were doing to get the results in the previous games,” he said.

“We kind of got away with that and we won’t get away with it if we put in a performance that is like that again when we play Wimbledon. We have to be at our very best to make sure that the opposition aren’t given chances and that we create chances of our own.”

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