Ronnie Moore praises ‘fantastic’ reggae-themed Hartlepool fans after dramatic draw at Carlisle

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RONNIE Moore has heaped praise on the Hartlepool United fans after more than 2,000 saw his Pools side secure a dramatic point against Carlisle United on the final day of the season.

Moore stepped off the team bus in his reggae-themed rasta wig at Brunton Park and took to the pitch for a pre-match lap of honour in front of the travelling supporters.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

And there were wild scenes of celebration again at the final whistle as the manager, players and fans celebrated the end of the season.

A season that almost saw the club relegated before they managed to pull off the Great Escape ahead of the season finale at Carlisle.

In the end, Pools, who were sporting the new bright yellow away strip for next season, managed a 3-3 draw after coming back from being 3-0 down at half-time.

Moore said the game summed up the club’s season as he thanked supporters for their efforts, with hundreds dressed in Bob Marley-themed reggae outfits.

“The fans have been loyal and brilliant to me,” said Moore.

“The scenes at the end were fantastic.

“We have to bottle that, it is like promotion. If we can get the team right then the following will come, just look how many were here.

“It was a great day in the end and hopefully they can have a great night.

“I’d said to the players when we were 3-0 down, the fans have turned up in force again, why spoil their day?

“Just go out there and enjoy it,” added Moore.

Scott Fenwick was subbed at half-time with a sore knee, Moore confirming he was taken off as a precaution.

Marlon Harewood came on in his place and helped inspire a comeback, with Jordan Hugill bagging a brace and Michael Duckworth scoring a goal of the season contender.