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Pump Up The Volume - Cooper

22 October 2013

Colin Cooper has called on the fans to be in full voice once again tonight as Pools go in search of their fifth successive win when they host AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm kick-off).

The Pools boss was overwhelmed with the support his side received from the terraces during Saturday’s gritty 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.

Now he’s asking for more of the same from both the fans and the players as he looks to engineer a victory which could take Pools in to the top half of the League Two table.

“I thought the atmosphere was outstanding on Saturday,” Cooper told the Official Website.

“Even ten minutes after the game I could still hear the buzz from outside the dressing room.

“We’re all working very hard, the staff and the players, to try and give this Football Club and the supporters something to be happy about.

“Some of the tweets and messages I saw on Saturday night just makes all that work we’re doing worthwhile – when people say they’re proud to be a Poolie again that makes you feel really humble.

“We aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re trying to make the players realise that they have to give their heart and soul for the fans to really buy in to it.

“Having gone through the situation we all went through on Saturday together, I would like to think the fans can stay with the players again tonight and they can reward them with another good result.”

Tonight’s visitors have won only once in their last six games and have struggled for form on the road so far this term but Cooper has demanded his side do not take them lightly.

Neal Ardley’s men recorded a creditable point when they came from behind against Morecambe on Saturday and have plenty to trouble Pools if they don’t maintain their standards.

“The way Morecambe have been at home, for Wimbledon to go and get a draw in the manner they did will give them that real boost,” Cooper explained.

“They matched Morecambe and they have players who can be a threat to us – that’s a fact, so we have to be at our best.

“We’re not good enough to take for granted that we turn up on the pitch and things will just happen for us, we have to be 100% bang on and that’s what I’ll be telling the players again tonight.”

Listen to full live commentary on tonight’s game with Mark Tinkler from 7.35pm on Pools Player – click here now for more information.

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