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We Fought Back Well - Cooper

7 December 2013

Pools boss Colin Cooper felt a draw was the least his side deserved after they came from a goal behind against Coventry City at Victoria Park.

Carl Baker put the Sky Blues in front on twelve minutes with a spectacular overhead kick from Carl Baker on the back of a solid start from City.

But Pools grew in the stature as the contest wore on and got their rewards for a powerful second half display when Andy Monkhouse applied the finishing touch to a lethally-precise counter-attack.

“I think a draw was the least we deserved after that second half,” Cooper told Pools Player.

“For whatever reason – and we’ve already had conversations about it – we just didn’t start with any tempo and Coventry dictated possession and deserved their goal.

“We got to grips with it after about half an hour and decided to change the personnel and make a slight alteration in the way we played which we did at half time.

“We said to them that sometimes you have to take hold of a football match and you have to create your own tempo and momentum and I have to say that’s what we did in the second half.

“I can’t praise my players enough for what they did after half time; we stepped on and we didn’t allow them any time or space. In the end Coventry were defending for their lives because we were coming wave after wave after wave.

“The goal was exceptional from start to finish; a quality cross field pass, a quality cross and a quality run and header.

“We’re in the hat and when the draw is made we’ll see that the reward is for going to Northampton and trying to beat Coventry on their own patch, and hopefully it will be something worthwhile.”

Click here now to watch our full post-match video interview with Colin Cooper on Pools Player.

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