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Boss Praises Players After Fightback

14 December 2013

Colin Cooper felt his side deserved their point at Cheltenham but admitted that he had been disappointed by the nervous start at Whaddon Road.

The Pools boss conceded that a change in shape hadn’t gone the way he had planned but said he was pleased with the way his side fought back from two goals down to claim a draw.

“We have to be happy with a point because we started the game so poorly,” Cooper told Pools Player.

“We’ve had an honest debate about that after the game about how and why it’s happening and whether the right messages aren’t being taken on to the field.

“It was exerted pressure from Cheltenham that got them two goals up and I thought we looked very nervous early on in the conditions.

“We’d lost the last three away from home so Craig and I had a chat during the week and I have to say that what we put on maybe didn’t quite work so we’ll have another think before the next game.

“We reverted back to type in a way for the second half and pushed on, and I think we thoroughly deserved our point.

“Mark (Yates) will probably be disappointed they’ve given two goals away but having created the bits and pieces we did in the first half I knew we would create more in the second.

“If they had scored the next goal then the game would have been dead, but we got the goals and then the momentum was with us – it wasn’t pretty but we got back in the game.

“Franksy really enjoyed his chance to play up the middle – that’s where he wants to play and he took his goals really well and could even have had a hat-trick.”

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