Growing gains as Ronnie Moore looks to keep progressing new-look Pools

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Hartlepool United will keep building and growing as they continue their transformation from strugglers to contenders.

That was the view of boss Ronnie Moore as Pools prepared to complete the first hectic month of the season with a home League Two game with Carlisle United.

Pools started today in fifth place in the table, following three wins from their first four league matches.

It is, of course, early days, and the leagues will only start to take real shape when the clocks go back.

But it represents a cracking start given last season’s woes and the major squad surgery in the summer.

And Moore insists his new-look squad – he made 10 summer signings plus the recent loan arrival of Andrew Boyce – can only get better.

“There’s more to come from these players,” said Moore, who has been impressed by their appetite to learn and work hard.

“They will develop and if they don’t then we are in trouble.

“We want them to learn all the time, and take things on board.

“Right now, the blending process hasn’t been a problem – they have gelled and all get on well.

“Everyone is on the same wavelength and we hope it carries on.

“We tell them what we want and then it’s about them believing in what we want to do and listen in terms of shape and set-plays that we do.”

Moore, as SportMail reported yesterday, is still keen to bring in another midfielder, especially given that Michael Woods and Brad Walker have niggles.

As he has proven with his signings to date, the attitude and temperament of a new arrival would be as important as his skill level.

Moore too is looking for good athletes, his side proving to be a pacier and more dynamic unit this season, a factor he views as vital to the club’s progress.

“There are no bad eggs here,” said the manager. “They are quality lads.

“We have a young side here and one which is still learning so we could probably do with a bit more experience in there.

“We have a little bit more energy and that’s a big thing we’ve gone for.

“That energy allows us to counter-attack teams which we couldn’t do last season.

“That’s another string to our bow.”

Pools follow today’s League Two clash with Carlisle with an attractive cup tie on Tuesday night at the Vic.

Moore and Sam Collins side face Sheffield United in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the Blades so far enjoying a good start in League One.

Kick-off is at the earlier time of 7pm, with tickets on sale at the club’s ticket office, priced at £10 (adults) and £5 (concessions)