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Cooper looking long-term at Victoria Park
COLIN Cooper is looking long-term at Hartlepool United - but admits the need for a short-term fix is becoming imperative.
The League Two table makes unhappy reading for both clubs.
And for Cooper, appointed in the summer and still seeking his first Football League victory, is admits to feeling frustrated at events so far.
"We're trying to do something here but we're just six weeks into that,'' he said.
"There has been a change in philosophy and a change in culture.
"Maybe we're being a bit impatient.
"I will continue to implement the changes I want to make throughout the football club.
"But I just think a couple of wins would calm everyone down and persuade people to go with the flow a little bit more.
"That would gave players and fans a little bit of belief and confidence in what we're doing going forward.''
Pools have lost their three home games to date - although they chalked up a 5-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Bradford.
But they have lost at home to Southend, Fleetwood and, last weekend, Wycombe.
Home form has, for two years now, been desperate, with just nine wins in all competitions since September 17, 2011.
And Cooper said: "The negative from last weekend was we didn't play the way we have done in the second half.
"The positive was we came again at the end and threatened and got a goal.
"That is good for James Poole and three of our strikers are off the mark now.
"Getting that first goal for either us or Accrington will be a big moment.
"Statistics prove that the team who scores first have a bigger chance of winning the match.
"Everyone strives to get that first goal.
"If we get that then I think we'll see them grow again.
"We're just constantly saying to them 'you're not far off doing the right things'.
"I don't feel as though Wycombe did enough to beat us, but they did.''
With Bradley Walker unlikely to start after he left Victoria Park on crutches last weekend with an ankle injury, Antony Sweeney could be a direct replacement in central midfield.
He's been out of action for five weeks with a calf injury suffered against Southend.
"Antony has trained all this week - he's back in the fold and I'm pleased,'' said Cooper.
"He had a hard session on Tuesday and we'll see how he comes though today.
"We'll try to get him back involved.
"Sweens wanted the four-to-six weeks to be a fortnight.
"It didn't happen like that but he's back sooner than expected.
"I don't think that's unusual of him.''
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