Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goals Drought Threat to Pool

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goals Drought Threat to Pool

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Hartlepool are now unbeaten at home in a League game for over a year, a run stretching back 22 games.

But inconsistency in front of goal is threatening to hold back their excellent start to the season.

However, manager Neale Cooper is on the case and he believes the problem will be sorted out.

After scoring eight against Grimsby, Pool have only a penalty to show for three hours of football in the following two home games.

But some credit has to go to opponents West Brom, who showed their pedigree in the Carling Cup in midweek, and Brighton, who on Saturday carried on where they left off in their midweek cup defeat at Middlesbrough.

There were few problems with the Pool defence, Michael Nelson, Chris Westwood and Mickey Barron doing as well as ever and goalkeeper Jim Provett saving them when needed.

In midfield, too, there was plenty of hard work. But the vital touch needed in the final third of the pitch let Pool down when it mattered. …

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