Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Relishing His Villa Reunion; Pool Coach Comes Face to Face with His Former Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Relishing His Villa Reunion; Pool Coach Comes Face to Face with His Former Boss

Article excerpt

Byline: Mark Smith

MANAGER Neale Cooper is expecting a full-blooded reunion with former boss John Ward as his Hartlepool team travel to Colchester this afternoon.

Pool make the 260-mile trip to Essex looking to leapfrog the team sat one place ahead of them at tenth in the League One table.

Cooper said: "We have had a report on Colchester, and they are a good side.

"Like ourselves they have been a bit up and down. They are three points ahead of us at the moment and John will have them organised.

"He was assistant manager when I was a player at Aston Villa in the 80s so it may be a bit strange bumping into him in this manner. "He is someone I know well and he will be telling them to get the ball on the floor to play against us."

The Scot will make a late call on whether to include Luke James in his side for the Weston Homes Community Stadium clash, with the Amble-born teenager having only just returned from a month out with a back injury. Cooper, who is expecting a decent spectacle against a Colchester side who were 1-0 December winners at the Victoria Ground during Pool's dismal run of nine home defeats, addd: "We have seen Luke coming back after a problem which we still have to be wary of and we are also without Paul Hartley due to his suspension.

"Colchester look to play - especially at home. It will be a hard game, but you could say that every week in this division."

Having seen his side win their last away trip 1-0 at Yeovil a fortnight ago, the manager is hoping for more of the same in a season which has produced eight away wins - a record only bettered by the top three clubs in the division.

He said: "All I am looking for is for us to show the same sort of commitment we did in beating Yeovil and even in defeat to Sheffield United last weekend we still played good football."

Despite being somewhat shielded from the end-of-season drama at both ends of the league as his side sit comfortably in the middle, Cooper insisted: "We are two midtable teams playing against each other, but we still want to finish the season as strongly as we can. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.