Hartlepool United 2 Dagenham 1: Cooper delighted with Pool progress

Hartlepool United have continued their winning home run with a win over Dagenham at the weekend

William Crozier Hartlepool United goal scorer James Poole in 1st half action against Dagenham and Redbridge
Hartlepool United goal scorer James Poole in 1st half action against Dagenham and Redbridge

There is a feeling around Victoria Park not witnessed for a number of years - and Colin Cooper hopes it long continues.

Following a drab and disappointing two seasons, Pool are back on an upward curve under their new manager.

This was their third successive home run, a run not achieved in three years.

It’s something most teams rack up as a matter of routine, and now, at last for Pool, it seems to be going that way.

They had to dig in and show real character to get the better of a Dagenham side which was a threat going forward and, in former West Ham winger Zavon Hines, had a lively outlet on the flank.

“I thought their team was decent and we had to be at our best out there,’’ said Cooper, after recording a sixth win from seven games in all competitions.

“Sometimes, like against Wimbledon and Plymouth, we dug in at the right time and managed to find a goal at the right time.

“I’m really chuffed with the way everyone dug in for the club and everyone went home happy.’’

He added: “It’s nice to hear the supporters get behind us, long may it continue.

“When you go away from home, the onus is on the home team to make the running, the kind of people we have in our team, maybe the counter-attack suits us a bit more.

“It’s really pleasing how we won this game.

“We will be alright and win more than we lose as long as we keep doing the right things.”

Pool took the lead when James Poole knocked in his fourth of the season after 15 minutes.

Luke James took the ball at an angle around the keeper and knocked across goal for Poole.

However, it was the Daggers creating the most chances from then and Pool had to rely on goalkeeper Scott Flinders for fine saves to keep them out.

He was beaten when Hines cut in from the touchline, got into the area, and fired an angled shot across Flinders into the far corner of the net.

Pool, though, won it on 79 minutes, when Matty Dolan’s deep corner was met at the far post by Andy Monkhouse who headed in from an angle.

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