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Relieved Colin Cooper wants Hartlepool United progress

6 September 2014

Manager Colin Cooper revelled in Hartlepool United's first Sky Bet League 2 home win of the season after Shrewsbury Town were despatched 2-0.

Charlie Wyke gave Pools the perfect start, opening the scoring after just five minutes with a cool finish.

A controlled performance followed, with the home side sealing the points late on as Brad Walker slotted home following a fine counter-attack.

Cooper was understandably delighted afterwards, showering praise upon his players.

"We looked really solid and organised," he said. "It felt good from the start. There was lots of energy and enthusiasm.

"Is the difference us getting our noses in front? Probably. I saw plenty of exciting things.

"As I keep saying, if we send our fans home happy then it makes me happy. I am pleased for the lads and the fans.

"It has not been a fantastic start to the season but now we have got a home and away win and hopefully we can back that up next week against Tranmere."

Cooper earmarked Wyke, who grabbed his second goal in three games since joining on loan from Middlesbrough, for particular praise.

He added: "Charlie scored and he is finding his way in the football world, but he is a technically good footballer.

"He wants to add goals to his game and now he's had two goals in three games for us and looks a genuine threat."

For Shrewsbury, the loss represented a reality check after they had begun their league campaign with three wins and two draws.

This game followed Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit at Preston and manager Micky Mellon insists he never got carried away by an excellent start.

"We have still got plenty of work to do," he said. "But we will take the lessons from the game.

"We will put that into next week's training and come in Monday morning prepared to work hard."

Mellon will certainly be eyeing an improvement from the showing at Victoria Park, which he labelled "not good enough".

"When you concede such an early goal, it puts you on the back foot and we didn't ever fully recover from that," he added.

"We huffed and puffed but we had to move the ball a little bit quicker and smarter. We didn't really do that.

"The players will always give you everything they have got but we were not as good in previous weeks.

"When we got people into good areas, we were not good enough to capitalise. They always looked dangerous and we defended poorly."

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