HARTLEPOOL United’s week on the road “couldn’t have gone better” but Ronnie Moore has urged his players not to slip up against Mansfield Town tomorrow.
Pools are now just four points from safety after back-to-back victories over Morecambe and Oxford United.
Nobody in the bottom four or five can afford to slip up as games are running out.Ronnie Moore, Pools manager
Next up is Mansfield Town at Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon and Moore is calling on his side to capitalise on the six points they picked up away from home this week.
Moore said: “Our home form has been good, much improved and it’s just a pity we conceded right at the end last time out against Burton.
“If we slip up then the hope goes again doesn’t it?
“Nobody in the bottom four or five can afford to slip up as games are running out.
“We have to win, we have to go for wins and can’t afford to sit back. Win and who knows where it takes us.
“Two wins in a matter of days lifts everyone and it is good for the spirit and the belief that they now have.
“They can see this could happen now.
“Deep down, did they really admit we could get out of it?
“Right now, judging by the dressing room the other night everyone associated with the club knows we can and we have to carry that belief through and don’t let it slip and hopes and dreams go up in ashes.”
The Pools players enjoyed a light training session at Maiden Castle yesterday after a busy week on the road, the players not getting back until the early hours after the midweek win over Oxford.
Back-to-back wins and an away clean sheet for the first time in a year, coupled with the first away win in five months has boosted spirits at the club.
“This week has been fantastic – it couldn’t have been any better,” reflected Moore.
“The clean sheet thing has been put to bed and six points sets it up nicely.
“Could we win five in a row? At this level you never know.
“The wins have boosted everyone, but there’s been a good spirit about the place for a while now anyway.
“We’ve been seven points, then six, back to seven or more and now it’s a realistic four.
“Everyone looks and see it as gettable and other teams now have that fear factor which they’ve not had and how do they handle it.”
Pools have no new injury worries. Matthew Bates (thigh), Scott Fenwick (ankle) and Michael Woods (ankle/leg) all remain out injured.
* POOLS have slashed ticket prices for Saturday’s clash with Mansfield Town at Victoria Park as club bosses look for a bumper crowd in the relegation battle.
Prices are as follows, seating: Adults £12, concessions £6, Standing: adults £10, concessions £5.
Ronnie Moore said: “It’s a tremendous gesture from the chairman, he sees the position we are in.
“The fans are brilliant and we want the place rocking here tomorrow and it’s up to us to make sure they all go home happy and celebrating.”
Tickets are on sale from the Victoria Park ticket office and on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.