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League Two

Colin Cooper delighted by Hartlepool United romp

15 February 2014

Colin Cooper is set for some happy Saturday night watching after seeing his Hartlepool United side see off Newport County, 3-0.

The win, Pool's third in five games, puts them in eighth spot in League Two and on the edge of the all-important play-off zone.

Top scorer Luke James set Pools off on the road to victory with a neat turn and finish in the 41st minute

A comical own goal when the ball cannoned in off Andy Sandell more or less finished the game off in the 55th minute.

And a touch of class from Pools loan forward Luke Williams finished it off late on, leaving Cooper delighted.

"It's nice to come off and the DVD makes happy viewing,'' he admitted. "Again, like last week, we rode out luck a bit before going in front.

"Newport put you under pressure from all areas and make you defend - the first couple of instances, we switched off and had to recover. We got away with it.''

Of James' 11th goal of the season, he admitted: "Our first goal is a nice bit of play - a wonderful cross, good ball back in and a crisp turn and quick finish from Luke.

"The second goal was a bit of luck - a ricochet that goes our way. It was nice to get and it gave us a cushion.

"We did have to defend the box, but looked on the counter attack like we could score every time. It could have been two, three, four, five. The last goal was lovely to watch.

"Luke is confident to nutmeg an opponent, take the ball around him, get it back and finish well. It was good link up.

"I was really pleased at the end and, yes, we rode our luck at times but would I take it? You had better believe it.''

For opposite number Justin Edinburgh, this was County's sixth game without a win.

And, while they desperately hope Tuesday's home game with Oxford goes ahead, they need a lift in fortunes.

Their Rodney Parade pitch has been off limits and this was their seventh away game in their last eight outings.

"It was harsh on us,'' reflected Edinburgh. "I think we deserved better than 3-0,but the goals we conceded were disappointing.

"I think the first goal is so vital and it turned the game against us. The second early in the second half was disappointing from our point of view - we need more communication from players in that situation.

"The boys gave plenty of effort, I can never knock that side of their game. We huffed and puffed at times, but weren't quick enough.''

"It's our first game in two weeks, and then it was two weeks before that as well.

"Hopefully that can turn around and we start to get some games in at hgome and start winning games again. We are due to be at home on Tuesday, let's hope the weather is kind to us and there's five games in a row at home to come.''

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