Boss Ronnie Moore says Hartlepool United must improve starting with CarlisleUnited

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during their 1-0 home win over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during their 1-0 home win over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
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Hartlepool United will return to work today to prepare for Saturday’s crucial League Two battle with Carlisle United.

And they will go out onto the training fields at Maiden Castle with instructions to improve their game.

There has been no disgrace in either of the opening two defeats of the season, 2-0 in League Two at Stevenage on Saturday, and the 4-0 Capital One Cup exit to Bournemouth.

But Moore was unhappy with slow starts in both matches and the defending and ball retention against the Cherries on Tuesday night.

Moore marvelled at the movement and pace of Eddie Howe’s Premier League men, but insists his own side cannot repeat any failings, whatever the level of opposition.

“We started a bit lacklustre I thought,” said Moore. “That shouldn’t happen when a League Two side come against a Premier League team.

“We also have to defend better.

“It wasn’t just because they are a Premier League club they got in, they got in because of our bad defending.

“We didn’t create anything in the first half because we gave the ball away too easily.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a Premier side or a League Two team you are playing, we gave the ball away too easily in the first half and that caused our own problems.”

Moore was not raging with his players after a performance which was not short on heart.

However, this is more a case of the manager looking to make improvements in several areas and bring them all together for a more polished team performance.

And he will be looking for that this Saturday when fifth host 20th at Victoria Park.

“Tuesday night has already gone, there can be no moping about,” said Moore.

“It was a game in which our young lads who want to play at that level have seen the benchmark.

“They have seen Bournemouth and it’s up to them to learn to try to get to that standard.

“From the club’s point of view, yes, you’d love to have had a cup shock, but once that first goal went in, it was never going to happen.

“The league is the most important thing at this club.”

Moore will today learn updates from head physio, Ian Gallagher, on the fitness of skipper Billy Paynter and midfielder Michael Woods, who were brought off against the Cherries as precautions.

Central defender Harry Worley is making progress towards fitness after missing the last three matches though Saturday’s game with Carlisle may come too soon for him.