Hartlepool United: Colin Cooper happy with squad

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper believes the squad does not require a major overhaul despite winning just once in their last eight matches.

On New Year's Day, Pools were beaten 3-0 by Bury and fell seven points adrift of the League Two play-off places.

Colin Cooper's recruits

  • Jack Compton (Colchester United) -free
  • Nialle Rodney (AFC Telford United) - free
  • Michael Duckworth (Bradford PA) - free
  • Matthew Dolan (Middlesbrough) - loan
  • Christian Burgess (Middlesbrough) - loan

But just three days prior, they picked up three points at Morecambe.

"The squad's done well so far. I don't think performances have really dropped off. Look at the Bury match stats - we had 20 corners," he told BBC Tees.

Cooper arrived as boss in May, bringing fellow ex-Boro player Craig Hignett with him as assistant manager.

After a difficult start, picking up two points from six games, Hartlepool have been between 12th and 14th since 21 October.

"Craig and I looked at each other on the touchline and basically thought 'it's not our day'," said Cooper.

"Then I looked at the bench and there are options there. Christian Burgess has signed to stay on loan from Middlesbrough all season  and Matty Dolan should do the same soon.

"If there are additions there'll be one or two - nothing major."