Vital Football

Latest Hartlepool United News

Cooper Relishing Southend Encounter

Cooper Relishing Southend Encounter

Manager Colin Cooper has said he's looking forward to an 'exciting' game against Southend tonight because it's the perfect opportunity to close the gap on them.

Six points separate the two sides in 7th and 8th place, and Southend are on the cusp on the play off positions which is where we'd quite like to be come the end of the current campaign, so picking up the victory tonight is crucial to us achieving that especially as a few of the sides above us do have a game in hand as well.

Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail Cooper said it was vital that we maintained our three match unbeaten run, and two successive back to back victories over Dagenham and Redbridge and Newport County when we face Southend because we really need to keep that winning momentum going if we are to achieve our aims of having a stab at going up this season.

'It will be quite an exciting fixture. Judging by what happened at the weekend, Phil will be disappointed as losing from a winning position isn't easy to take. It's a quick turnaround this week and our focus has to be on resting, recovering, eating and sleeping. We have a fice hour coach journey. That is the hard ask, but it's about doing the right things.'

Cooper says when fixtures come like this it's not about trying to tweak things so to speak on the training ground, or work on new things, it really is about recovery first and foremost, so the players are fresh and can put in the leg work that gives rise to the moments of quality.

We do have injury issues though. Neil Austin will be missing as he hasn't recovered from his toe problem, and it's expected he will also miss the Northampton game next Saturday, so Jordan Richards is expected to keep his first team place as his deputy.

Michael Duckworth, despite being on the bench following his recovery from a double hernia operation in our last match, is again not expected to start, but substituted Luke James who suffered a dead leg in our last match is expected to partner Marlon Harewood up front again after recovering sufficiently.

This site is looking for bloggers, so if a fan can offer us a genuine opinion from someone that supports them we would love to share it with the masses!

To email your own unique article/blog for publishing
***CLICK HERE***

Join The Vital Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday February 18 2014
Time: 8:58AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Hartlepool United Articles

Who Will Hartlepool Face In 2016/17 (31/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of League Two for 2016/17 is now known.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Hartlepool

Should Hartlepool United progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

Hartlepool - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will Hartlepool Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Archived Vital Hartlepool Articles

Vital Hartlepool articles from

Site Journalists

VitalPoolie
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Plymouth MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Carson25%
Magnay0%
Jones0%
Jackson25%
Jones0%
Hawkins0%
Featherstone0%
Woods0%
James0%
Paynter0%
N Thomas25%
Sub - Richards0%
Sub - Gray0%
Sub - Walker25%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Hartlepool United Results (view all)

Hartlepool United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.rednblackforever35
2.Old Poolie16
3.Block Sands9
4.WTFDIK9
5.johnjo 19408
6.Smokin Joe8
7.Bobclock6
8.Owenhpool5
9.Docker on log5
10.PooliePoolie5