Hartlepool boss could make changes for Oxford clash

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Ronnie Moore vowed there would be changes after Hartlepool United’s loss at Mansfield Town – and he looks like sticking to his word tomorrow.

The Pools boss was set to alter personnel and formation at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, only for the weather to intervene.

We need to re-jig it probably because we’re at home and the onus is on us to get at sides.

Moore was set to add an extra player into the midfield but tomorrow against Oxford United he will send out Pools as a 4-4-2 against a promotion-chasing side who adopt the same set-up.

“Changes will be made,” explained Moore. “We were going to change our system on Tuesday night and the players that were in it.

“But that was an away game and we need to re-jig it probably because we’re at home and the onus is on us to get at sides.

“I don’t think we should be sitting deep at the Vic and letting teams come on to us at home.”

Moore will have Michael Duckworth returning at right-back while one potential change could come out wide where Rhys Oates is breathing down the neck of Kudus Oyenuga.

The Pools boss insists he has the players to change system when it suits, but wants his squad to get the basics right and keep possession.

“There is no reason why we can’t play a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2, there is enough ability in the club,” he said..

“It’s about being a bit more composed on the ball. We need to get our rests when we have the ball.

“I keep saying to the players that we can’t keep giving it straight back to the opposition – we’ve got to keep it longer so we can get our wide players on the ball.

“We give it away too easy we need to be more composed on the ball.”