Colin Cooper said the unity of his players and the fans helped them grind their way to victory over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday afternoon.
The Pools boss saw his side reduced to ten men when Jack Compton’s lunge was punished with a red card midway through the first half.
However, the remaining ten players went on to produce a gutsy and battling performance, crowned by a sensational breakaway goal from Luke James to secure a fourth successive win.
“Today I felt as though the players became a team because of what they had to do to get a result," Cooper told Pools Player.
“Every single one of them, from Scott right through to all those who came off the bench, have given their heart and soul to Hartlepool today.
“Emotions took over at the end and I was really pumped; the sense you got from the crowd as the minutes ticked away was brilliant.
“You could hear the supporters getting behind the lads, there was that little rumble, and for them to get across the line showed real character and bravery.
“When the players came off the pitch in to the dressing room I could still hear the fans and I told them ‘Listen, they’re right with you know – for what you’ve done for them and the Club today every single person is behind you and we have to go with that now’.
“The week previous was very productive in terms of performances and results but today was an absolute grinder – and to see the team grind it out and put their bodies on the line really makes me proud.
Cooper had special praise for match-winner James, likening the striker’s run and finish to a famous goal scored in the 1998 World Cup.
“It was like Michael Owen against Argentina,” the Pools boss beamed.
“I have to heap praise on Luke because it was a thankless task he had after Jack was sent-off but I thought his contribution to the game was nothing short of outstanding.”
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