Scunthorpe 1 Hartlepool United 0

Colin Cooper won't let the defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe get to him after Hartlepool United's recent good spell

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper

A first defeat in six games, as Hartlepool United were unable to stretch their winning run to six, but Colin Cooper wasn’t too deflated.

The Pool boss has seen his side get better of late and, while defeat at Scunthorpe came in a disappointing manner, it won’t get to him.

The visitors went to Glanford Park having won on their last two visits there, and could quite easily have done so again.

One goal separated the sides, and it was a disappointing one for Pool to concede.

During the second period, the Iron pitched two forwards in the front line and their effort and application was rewarded.

Christian Burgess, the Pool defender on loan from Middlesbrough, stretched to try to halt the progress of Sam Winnall, but he only knocked the ball into the striker’s path.

Moving forward, Winnall took the ball in his stride and curled his finish around Scott Flinders.

It was harsh on Pool after they created all the chances up to that point.

Burgess’ reaction said it all, as he slumped with his head hidden by his shirt.

“I’m really disappointed for Christian – we have all been there,’’ said Cooper. “We all make mistakes at times, and he is a great lad. The plus point for us is that he is devastated about it so it shows he cares.’’

Pool had the first chance on 15 minutes, Luke James acrobatically turning a header at goal and denied his fourth strike in as many games by a decent save.

Then, with James Poole prompting Pools as the half came to close, they really got on top.

Matty Dolan’s low strike was well kept out by Sam Slocombe, before the goalkeeper made the best save of the game.

Jon Franks burst forward into the area and cut past defender David Mirfin. His shot was heading for the top of the goal, but a strong Slocombe hand kept it out.

Then Andy Monkhouse, at the start of the second period, cut in on to his left foot. His shot deflected towards goal and struck a post with Slocombe beaten.

Minutes later he had a go from the other side of goal, but lifted his shot wide.

Disappointingly for Pool, that was all their attacking output until they were chasing the game in the closing minutes.

Cooper added: “It was tight, and credit to Scunthorpe. They were organised and tried to pass it. There wasn’t much in it, we looked comfortable for long periods.

“We didn’t put their goal under pressure for long periods, other than one or two saves from the goal-keeper.

“I quite enjoyed the game as a League Two game. There was bits of quality, at times not so good quality. But it’s taken a mistake to beat us and, as disappointed as we are, we crack on.

“Scunthorpe’s back four was solid, a lot of strength and experience in there and they used it to defendtheir 18-yard box well when we threatened.

“With a bit more quality something might have happened for us.’’

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