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Cooper expects a positive reaction
FOR Colin Cooper, it’s all about a reaction – and he he is expecting a positive response from Hartlepool United.
Saturday saw Pools lose at Scunthorpe, their first defeat since September 28 and a result that ended their hopes of making it six successive victories.
Pools meet Dagenham at Victoria Park on Saturday.
“These runs don’t have to come to an do they?” said Cooper.
“But now I’m interested in the reaction – do we feel sorry for ourselves or rest, recover and make sure Dagenham will have to do something special against us?
“We have bumps and bruises and when Dagenham come to the Vic next week we have to make sure we are fit and firing again.’’
Pools have been rejuvenated in recent weeks, with a positive outlook returning to the club.
And Cooper, who still has Jack Compton missing this weekend as the winger misses the second game of a three-match suspension, admitted: “Their chins were on the floor when I went into the dressing room at Scunthorpe, but as soon as I made one or two points I have to say they lifted. They cannot give us any more than they have given us of late. We were just a smidgen short.
“Fair play to Scunthorpe for doing their job and maybe we didn’t have that extra bit of quality to convert what we created.
“Their goalkeeper and defenders had to defend either side of half-time and then again at the end. The players have been very good and all I would like to see now is a reaction for the weekend.
“We took some knocks. But we have been very lucky so far with that and we had some weary soldiers out there. Now it’s about repairing your body for the weekend.’’
He added: “Start another winning run. I said that winning streaks don’t have to come to an end, but what it the reaction when it does? That’s what I’ll be interested to see. I don’t want to see anyone feeling sorry for themselves.
“It’s been a while since our last League Two defeat away from home and I’d like to think we have come a long way from then.
“Everything was said in the right context before the game in how we were getting our results and what had given us a platform. Other than a few moments, it was a match we were in control of, but credit to the opposition. As long as we win with humility and lose with humility we will be alright.’’
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