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Shakers give Blackwell a lift

24 October 2012

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell hopes his side have got the "monkey off their backs" after beating Hartlepool 2-1 for their first win of the season.

Tom Hopper and David Worrall goals lifted the Shakers off the foot of the table, while Pools defender Neil Austin's late penalty hit the crossbar.

Blackwell said: "We should've finished the game off really. We had enough chances, but didn't take them and that allows teams to stay in it.

"It was about getting a result and getting off the bottom of the table. That was key and I'm glad we've done it. I've told the players we have to be more ruthless because it looks like we've got to create 20 chances to score a goal. At least we're creating the chances though.

"The lads were fearful they might give away the lead because it had kept happening to them this season, but they had to man up, grow up and do the job. But overall, they've done well and it's a monkey off their back.

"We were the only team in the Football League not to have won a game and none of us were proud of that. So to get the win, you'll take it any way."

Pools boss Neale Cooper admitted his job was under threat after his side's winless run was extended to 11 league matches.

Cooper said: "It was a big game and when things are like they are, it can't get any lower. We missed a penalty that could've got us level and we were refused a penalty before that which looked like a stronger claim.

"There have been a few home truths spoken and we'll just have to wait and see what happens now. It's not good enough and I know that. I know my job is in jeopardy and it's not a pleasant feeling, but I just have to see what happens.

"I will have to see what the club will decide and that's not nice for me because of how much I love this club. I'm getting it both barrels from some people at the moment, which is not nice because I've always had a good rapport with the fans. It's not a pleasant place to be at the moment. The players have to stick together now and fight their way out of trouble, but it's going to be hard."

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