Bye bye Ben, but Pools are still wary

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BEN Marshall may have gone but Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper is warning that his team still face a formidable test at Hillsborough.

Wednesday fans are wondering how their team will replace the winger who, according to manager Gary Megson, is attracting interest from five League One clubs and two from the Championship.

Cooper is concerned with other threats and looking for Pools to improve on their 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United on New Year’s Eve - his first game in charge.

“I’ll remind the lads of that game,” he said.

“We did not perform well enough.

“But I’d only been here a couple of days and didn’t know the boys. It was a strange day and we’ll have to do a lot better than that tomorrow.

“Wednesday are a very big side. We have to combat that, and at times it might be like the Alamo. But we’ll go there not fearing them.

“On our day we can match anybody – but that means everyone being at their best and switched on because they are a big, strong side.

“We still need to be a bit more clinical in the final third as well, but I’m confident after the last two clean sheets that we have tightened up at the back and we’ll have to really be at it again.”