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James Can't Do It All - Coops

James Can't Do It All - Coops

Manager Colin Cooper has called on every player to stand up and be counted given the relegation battle we have now been sucked into, insisting that we can't keep relying on Luke James to dig us out of matches.

Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail our gaffer explained that he'd been delighted with James' contribution all season long and he knows that the youngsters' goals can more than keep us up, but we need the rest of the team to step up and contribute aswell.

With the 19 year old sitting on 16 goals this season, and Cooper's confidence that by the time the season ends he will be around the 20 mark, he knows we also need to take the pressure of him by others converting chances.

'Luke has been a shining light this season and, if he can continue to score goals, and get somewhere to 20 then we will be alright. But if you are asking a 19 year old striker to be your saviour, it's asking an awful lot.'

Cooper goes on to say that to ensure we remain free from further trouble this season we need 'more than Luke.'

'Everyone needs to step up from back to front to ensure his goals are something positive and not a goal that gets us in the lead, but we end up losing.'

As for a quick look back to his performance in our last game against Chesterfield, the gaffer goes on to say that with the squad suffering from physical and mental fatigue given how the campaign has gone, he feels James has been immune from that.

'Luke took his goal well, I think it was the first time Jack had brought the ball in and looked after it properly. It was a lovely first tough and finish from Luke.'

The difficult with the remaining games is that the gaffer knows some players really could do with a break, if not just to rest, but to mentally freshen up and the two Jacks - Barmby and Compton - figure in that as they haven't been at the best of late and he admits we have players giving everything and trying but simply running out of steam and that is leading to mistakes, errors, and even just poor passing at the end of a move.

For the Jacks though specifically he doesn't feel it's confidence or tiredness and he admits that he maybe needs to consider if we are playing them in the right positions and using them well enough for them to shine again now and that's something he'll be looking at because he doesn't believe they should be struggling as they have done.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday April 15 2014
Time: 11:44PM

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