Colin Cooper believes his team have what it takes to bring three points home from Newport County tonight – as long as they once again do the ugly things well.
The Pools boss knows there is an incentive for both sides going in to this evening’s fixture that three points would be enough to lift either in to the division’s top seven, at least overnight.
But Cooper is wary of the threat posed by the hosts, who have won five out of seven at Rodney Parade and are among the top scorers in League Two on home soil.
“They’ve got a good home record and they score goals here so we have got to be on our toes, at our best and do the ugly side of the game well,” Cooper told Pools Player.
“They’ve got three players out through injury and suspension that we’re aware of but they have good players who can come in to those positions.
"We’re more than a match for anyone in League Two but we have to be right on our game; we can’t think we have the right because we’re on a decent run to just turn up and get a result.
“Newport are above us in the table but whoever gets a positive result tonight can sneak in to a play-off position and I would love that to be us.”
Cooper finalised preparations for tonight’s game in a light training session at the home of Welsh League Division Two side Chepstow Town this morning.
And he explained that the idea of doing some work this morning was to blow away any lingering cobwebs from Thursday’s long journey to Wales.
“Chepstow Town kindly allowed us to use a bit of grass this morning and that was purely to get the lads out of bed, get some fresh air in to their lungs and get their legs going.
“We had a look to see how they’re moving and if anyone looks particularly weary but we all seem fine and we do have options in the squad which is nice.”
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