Hartlepool United out of home rut - Neale Cooper

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Cooper keen to maintain home upturn

Head coach Neale Cooper is hopeful that Hartlepool United have put last season's poor home form behind them with an unbeaten run so far this term.

Pools lost 11 of 23 games at Victoria Park last season, but have taken four points from six already in 2012-13.

"It was tragic last year and once you get in that rut it's very difficult to get out," Cooper told BBC Look North.

"Eventually we did and hopefully we can keep winning our home games and at least not lose them."

Cooper continued: "We've not conceded at home in two league games and got on the scoresheet. Hopefully the boys can take some confidence from that."

One of the catalysts for last season's home upturn in form came with a resounding 4-0 defeat of Carlisle.

"This will be a tough test for us and hopefully a full house, they'll bring a full support," Cooper added.

"Last year Carlisle had come into it on the back of some really good form.

"They've got a good manager in Greg [Abbott] with a really good squad, but we played extremely well.

"We know it will be a really tough game but one that we'll go out there to win."