FA Cup: Salford-Hartlepool United, let’s spoil the TV show says Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore says Hartlepool United know why BBC2 have brought their cameras to Salford City – now he says it’s up to Pools to spoil the show.

Pools are aiming to be the first club into the third round draw if they can avoid an upset at Moor Lane against the non-league outfit

Salford are a good side, they have experience and quality

RONNIE MOORE

“We had the TV at the Vic last year and the players who are still here will remember that. BBC come because they think we can get beaten, otherwise why would they want this on Match of the Day?

“We are not daft – it should inspire us to go out there and show what we’re about and perform like we know we can.

“Apart from the people of Hartlepool, the whole country wants us to get beaten.

“People want a giant-killing and if we go into the tie in the same frame of mind as Notts County there will be one outcome.

“But we’ve had the warning, we’ve seen in that game what Salford can do, we know what to expect.

“It should be self-motivation – I should not have to say anything, the lads should turn up and perform.

“We have to make sure we don’t become another Notts County.

“If everyone gives the right determination, grit and effort then we should have enough [to beat them].

“But, like I say, it’s on the day and you need a little luck too.”

Moore says he is full of admiration for the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division side who he has watched, not just on TV when they inflicted the shock of round one against Notts County but in the league too.

“Salford are a good side, they have experience and quality,” said the manager.

“We’ve seen them three times and know what to expect.

“They have James Poole, a player we know very well and the fans know.

“Their front three can cause some damage, there’s no doubt about that, but there’s more to it than that.

“It’s about us rolling our sleeves up and having a real good go.

“If we do that and keep the ball, make them work, then it makes it a bit easier for us.

“But, having said that, we know there are no easy games in the FA Cup.

“It will be a real, real tough match.

“As long as they are in the game, their players are going to have another 20 to 25 per cent on their normal performance.

“We need to be able to match the effort and commitment they are giving.”

Moore hopes conditions will be conducive to good football given Salford have had the playing surface covered this week.

“The pitch has big balloon thing over it so it should be in decent nick,” he said.

“When I went to watch them, it was windy and it rained all night and the pitch cut up a little, same again when the chief scout was there.

“If it’s all right then we’ll pass it and to be fair, so will Salford, they play out from the back and they have full-backs who push on.

“They have good players and while they don’t have electric pace, they have good movement.

“But it’s not going to be easy, it’s about attitude.

“If that’s right, we do keep the ball and try to run the legs off them, then that’s the way to win the game.”