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We’ll Take That On The Chin

26 October 2013

Colin Cooper is looking for his players to move on quickly after today’s defeat at Scunthorpe.

  after the game. Pools Player“Sometimes you’ve just got to take it on the chin,” Cooper told

“We’ve given our team plaudits for the way they’ve defended the 18-yard box last week and I think that’s what Scunthorpe have done today; they’ve put their heads on the block when the manager and coaches have needed them to.

“We’ve just had a little chat there and maybe we didn’t have that extra little bit of  quality in and around the box but we’ve certainly made Scunthorpe defend their 18-yard box and I have to give them a pat on the back for that.”

Scunthorpe took advantage of one defensive slip by Pools this afternoon to snatch the points and Cooper revealed the reaction of Christian Burgess, the player involved,

“He’s devastated but for me, that’s a good sign. I’ve said from day one as a young defender every now and again you will be called up on and the more times you succeed than fail will determine where you end up on the football ladder.

“Christian, I reiterate, is here to learn and I think he’s been outstanding, him and Jack as two centre backs, and today he’s devastated.”

And now looking ahead to the Dagenham & Redbridge match at The Vic next Saturday, Cooper is looking for a positive reaction from his players, 

“It’s the reaction, I’m interested now for them to test themselves. Are we feeling sorry for ourselves or do we rest, recover and repair and make sure Dagenham have to do something special to beat us?”

See the full interview with Colin Cooper on Pools Player on Sunday. 

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