Hartlepool United must target play-offs - Neale Cooper

Hartlepool United head coach Neale Cooper has said the League One play-offs must be the target going into the second half of the season.

Pools are 12th, six points short of the final play-off place after 22 games, with nine defeats in that time.

"You've got to have targets," Cooper told BBC Look North.

"If we'd won two or three of the games we have lost, we'd be up there in the play-offs and that's the target we have to set as a team and a unit."

Cooper returned to the club following a six-and-a-half year absence on Wednesday, to replace interim boss Micky Barron after Mick Wadsworth's departure earlier this month.

The former Gillingham and Peterhead boss inherits a Pools side possessing an excellent away record, with only two defeats on the road so far this term.

However it has been at Victoria Park where the club has struggled, with a run of eight consecutive home losses.

"Everyone wants to see a winning team, especially at home," Cooper added.

"There's just been a lack of goals really at home. It's not been massive defeats, it's just the odd goal.

"We need to generate that confidence to score more goals and the big thing is to win matches."