Hartlepool must be on their guard against Accrington Stanley, warns boss

Pools boss Colin Cooper says his side can take nothing for granted against a Stanley side that beat tabletoppers Chesterfield at the weekend

Hartlepool United's manager Colin Cooper
Hartlepool United's manager Colin Cooper

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has warned his side to expect another battle against relegation-threatened Accrington Stanley tonight.

Pool suffered only their second defeat in seven games at the weekend, as they were beaten 2-1 by strugglers Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

And they visit another side at the wrong end of the table as they head to the Store First Stadium to face third-bottom Stanley this evening.

Tenth-placed Pool are still in with a chance of securing a play-off position, and Cooper is determined that his side will not come unstuck for a second time.

“You get teams fighting for their lives at this point of the season and Accrington will be just like Wycombe were on Saturday,” he said.

“We need to puff our chests out more because we’re inviting pressure on. I cannot fault the work ethic of the boys, but if we invite pressure then more balls get thrown into the box and there’s a good chance your opponent will eventually score.”

Pool have no new injury worries from the weekend’s game, with only Neil Austin (toe) and Michael Duckworth (leg) set to miss out.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Stanley increased their chances of survival on Saturday as a Lee Molyneux hat-trick helped them beat League Two leaders Chesterfield.

That increased the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to six points – and, such is the congestion in the table, moved them to within three points of the top half.

Accrington manager James Beattie said: “I think we will need more than 50 points to stay up this season as the league is so tight but this was a stepping stone.”

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