FA Cup: Salford City-Hartlepool United, James Poole is the enemy says Ronnie Moore

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Clatter, not chatter.

That will be one of the instructions manager Ronnie Moore will doubtless be dishing out to Michael Duckworth this evening.

If I was Ducky, I’m not sure I’d be looking forward to having Pooley running at me.

RONNIE MOORE

The Hartlepool United defender has the unenviable task of trying to tame Salford City star James Poole in the FA Cup second round tie.

Poole is, of course, a former Pools forward in League One and Two, and he can play a bit.

And to add spice to the match at Moor Lane, Duckworth and Poole are close pals.

Duckworth told SportMail this week he relished their contest and would not be fazed but Moore warned he has a “helluva” task on his hands.

“They are big mates, but they had better not be on the night,” smiled Moore.

“I’ve already told Ducky ‘he’s not your pal, he’s your enemy’.

“By all means he can go and have a drink with him after the match but I don’t want to see them rabbiting beforehand.

“We have a job to do, when he’s done his job then he can go have a beer with him.

“But, if I was Ducky, I’m not sure I’d be looking forward to having Pooley running at me.

“May be he needs to re-think what he says?!

“It won’t be easy against James, he is quality and has a great left foot, he can go by people, he can put balls in the box.

“Ducky has a helluva job on his hands.”