Colin Cooper: Hartlepool United criticism to stay 'in-house'

Colin Cooper
Cooper's Pools side have won two League Two games this season

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper says he will not publicly criticise his players despite his disappointment with Tuesday's 5-1 defeat by Northampton.

Pools were unbeaten in two games going into the trip to Sixfields, and even took a first-minute lead through striker Charlie Wyke.

However, five goals without reply, including three in the first-half, saw Pools slump to a fifth league defeat.

"What I've said in there I will keep amongst us," Cooper told BBC Tees.

"There's no way I will come out here and start lambasting the players.

"A top-class defender I certainly wasn't but a defender I was and seeing things like that hurt."

Tuesday's loss came on the back of a win and a draw as Pools looked to have overcome a run of four defeats from the opening five games.

"We have to learn," added Cooper. "I question myself everyday, I'm proud to be doing the job and I look in the mirror every day and wonder whether I should have done something different.

"Looking at that game I feel I could have done something different so that's for me to look at."