By Charlie Summerbell
April 11 2012
Still looking for a solution to their goalscoring problem and unlikely to find a permanent one until the summer, Hartlepool United entertain a Chesterfield team in the sort of position Pools have been in so often in the past ... fighting for their League One lives.
And despite a 4-0 win in their last game, Chesterfield will be relegated if they lose at the Vic, a result which would leave them ten points from safety with only three games left.
That 4-0 win was at home to Wycombe, who thrashed Pools 5-0 not too long ago, so nobody can take a result for granted especially taking Pools’ goalscoring record into account.
Boss Neale Cooper, just like the fans, knows exactly what is needed to hopefully turn Pools from a promising team into one which could achieve something.
He told the Northern Echo: “Final ball, final pass, final touch has to be better.
"We put a lot of hard work in, training isn't always defensive, we are a positive side and we ask the full-backs to push on.'
“I couldn't ask for more, scoring apart. Workrate is first-class. We defend well and we need players with character to score and that's what we are lacking.
"Ryan Noble can do it, but it's not happening for him yet. Someone with experience for him or Luke James to play off would be good.''
It’s too late for that this season now, of course, but with next season’s bargain tickets on sale the club could do with a good end to the season to build up hope for the future amongst the frustrated fans.
Beating Chesterfield would be a start, especially as their chief executive is a certain Chris Turner … remember him?