WITH goals in short supply in recent weeks, Neale Cooper is hoping loan signing Ryan Noble can revitalise Hartlepool’s attack as they prepare to face Yeovil at Huish Park today.
Pool have only found the back of the net once in their last five outings.
Cooper admitted yesterday that scoring is a problem but is hoping that today’s game will bring a change of fortunes for his side in their quest for a first win in six League One matches, particularly with Sunderland forward Noble available. Pool’s manager said: “We haven’t been able to put the ball in the net for the past few games now.
“It is frustrating because we focus on shooting a lot in training and the boys seem to score in training, but for some reason we haven’t been able to score when it matters most.”
However, Cooper doesn’t believe it will be long before his side are back among the goals, especially since adding Noble to his ranks.
Noble has been the Black Cats’ top scorer at reserve level for the past two seasons and leads the charts again this year.
Cooper confirmed to The Journal that the young forward will start today’s game.
“We brought Ryan in on loan from Sunderland to hopefully make a difference because we have been short of firepower lately,” said Cooper.
“He will bring a bit more pace to the team.”
Despite the positive addition of 20-year-old Noble, the match will come too soon for Luke James through injury and former Newcastle United winger Nolberto Solano through illness.
Cooper is likely to name the starting 11 that were beaten 1-0 on Tuesday night at home to Oldham.