Luke James attitude pleases Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper

Hartlepool first-team coach Neale Cooper has praised the attitude of teenage striker Luke James, following a run of three goals in eight games.

James, 17, made his debut in December's 1-0 home defeat by Colchester, and has started the last five games for Pools.

Cooper told BBC Tees: "He is a cracking lad, he listens, is easy to talk to and fits in well with the older players.

"They see how important he is and with those attributes he's got the chance to go far."

James' two-goal display in Saturday's 4-0 victory against Carlisle United established Pools in 12th place in the League One table, and continued the forward's emergence into the first-team picture.

"He got another deserved man of the match last weekend," Cooper added.

"He's 17 and looks 14, and his man of the match award was a bag of sweets and a pint of milk.

"His first goal is a great effort, the second goal is fantastic, but it's his work-rate. He never seems to tire."