Ex-Sunderland defender Scott Harrison needs cool head after niggly Newport County v Hartlepool United match

NIGGLY GAME: Scott Harrison tussles against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

NIGGLY GAME: Scott Harrison tussles against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

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RONNIE Moore has urged Scott Harrison to learn to keep his cool after subbing him before he was sent off against Newport County.

The 21-year-old was booked after just eight minutes after getting involved with County midfielder Lee Minshull in the penalty area early on at Rodney Parade.

He has to learn from it because if people know you have a short fuse, then they will be standing on your toes

RONNIE MOORE

Harrison managed to comfortably see out the rest of the first-half but Jimmy Dack’s County players were clearly trying to rattle the former Sunderland man the longer the game went on.

Minshull, in particular, was at the heart of it all and was getting involved with Harrison at every free-kick, corner and throw-in.

Trying everything in his power to wind Harrison up and with the County crowd baying for blood, Harrison was rapidly reaching boiling point.

But before the red mist descended, Moore took the correct decision to remove Harrison from the action – for his own good.

Jordan Jones came on in his place in the 77th minute as Pools switched to a 4-4-2 formation to see out the game.

“It was a niggly game and the referee had a hell of a job,” reflected Moore.

“But at the end we had to take Scotty off because their number 8 [Minshull] was getting away with murder.

“He was backing in, pulling, scratching and Scott was biting back because he is a young kid.

“I said to him in the dressing room afterwards that he has to learn from it because if people know you have a short fuse, then they will be standing on your toes and backing into you.

“If I hadn’t took him off, he would have been sent off.”

Moore thought referee Kevin Johnson, who was a late stand-in for the scheduled referee Lee Collins, had a poor game.

Six players saw yellow, including four from Pools with Dan Jones, Brad Walker, Harrison and David Mirfin all going in his book.

He added: “There is no doubt Newport got away with murder but the referee was poor for both teams, not just for us.

“But you can’t do anthing about it, you just get on with it.”