Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Let's Take Our Treble Chance; Pool Boss Cooper Is Hoping for a Triple Celebration

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Let's Take Our Treble Chance; Pool Boss Cooper Is Hoping for a Triple Celebration

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Byline: James Hunter

HARTLEPOOL boss Neale Cooper is hoping to turn this afternoon's game against Carlisle into a treble celebration.

Pools take on their League One rivals from across the Pennines at the Victoria Ground looking to complete a league double over the Cumbrians and also complete back-to-back home wins for the first time since September.

Pool, under Cooper's predecessor Mick Wadsworth, won 2-1 at Brunton Park four months ago and are aiming to make it six points out of six against Greg Abbott's Cumbrian side this season.

That success at Carlisle was sandwiched between home wins over Exeter and Bury, which was the last time Pool won successive home games.

They then embarked on a nine-game losing streak at the Vic, a sequence which ended three weeks ago with a 2-0 success over Rochdale - since when they have picked up draws at Exeter and Sheffield Wednesday. Cooper said: "Our last home game was a good performance from the boys too and, now we have ended that long run of defeats, we want to go and win a few at home now.

"As for the Carlisle game, it is a very tough one.

"I have been told they play a lot of good stuff, they are in a good position in the league and I know the boy Lee Miller up front can be a threat.

"They have other players as well who can cause us problems.

"It is a massive derby for us - and it is a derby because they are the nearest team to us in our division.

"We won at Carlisle earlier in the season, so let's see if we can do the same at home."

Cooper has allowed former Sunderland defender Stephen Wright to leave the Vic this week in a bid to free up money with which to strengthen his attacking options.

He added: "I am still looking to bring one or two boys in, but they have to be the right people to fit into the squad which is already here. …

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