JPT wins ease pressure on under fire managersby Jack Kitson / 04 September 2013, 10:01Tweet
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy may not be the most high profile competition in the English football calendar but it brought some much needed light relief to Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya and Hartlepool's Colin Cooper. Both managers have endured a torrid start to their respective league seasons but each enjoyed rare wins in the first round of the JTP.
Notts County - Chris Kiwomya
Notts County have picked up just one point from their opening five League One games, leaving them 23rd in the table, although they would be rock-bottom if it wasn’t for the 10 point deduction that was handed to Coventry for going into liquidation last season. Losing four league games in August is a very worrying sign for a club who were hoping to challenge for the top-6, and it has no doubt been hard to take for their restless supporters.
Despite their dreadful league form the Magpies have enjoyed some small success in the cups. In the Capital One cup they beat Fleetwood 3-2, before miraculously coming from behind to take Liverpool to extra-time in the next round. On Tuesday they conjured up a narrow 1-0 win over Burton Albion in the JPT to each the pressure on boss Chris Kiwomya.
Both their victories this season have come against League Two sides but boss Kiwomya is adamant that he can turn things around at Meadow Lane, and he will now be looking for his struggling side to bounce back away to the unbeaten MK Dons on 14 September. County were schedule to face a daunting game at top of the table Leyton Orient this weekend but it has been postponed due to international call-ups, with County's Greg Tempesy, Mustapha Dumbuya and Andre Boucaud all away on duty.
Hartlepool - Colin Cooper
A woeful 2012/13 campaign saw Hartlepool relegated after finishing 23rd in League One. Despite a change of manager Pools’ shocking form has continued into the season, with the club currently second from bottom of the Football League after picking up just two points from their first five games, meaning they have now only won two of their last 17 league games.
Tuesday’s shock 5-0 victory over League One side Bradford in the JPT was not only their first win in any form this season, but the first competitive victory of Colin Cooper’s managerial career following his appointment back in May.
Meanwhile the opening goal from Luke James was remarkably the club’s first since Neil Austin grabbed a consolation strike over a month ago in a 3-1 defeat to Notts County in the Capital One Cup. The struggling side have quite unbelievably failed to find the back of the net in any of their five league games (they are the only Football League club without a goal this season) but the emphatic margin of Tuesday’s win means that Cooper’s troops will now gunning for a valuable three points at home to mid-table Wycombe this weekend.