Hartlepool boss insists there’s more to come from Mirfin and Morgan

Marvin Morgan in action for Hartlepool United during their 1-0 away loss at the hands of Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Marvin Morgan in action for Hartlepool United during their 1-0 away loss at the hands of Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore insists there is much more to come from new loan signings Marvin Morgan and David Mirfin after the pair made their debuts against Portsmouth.

Mirfin, signed on a month-long loan deal from Scunthorpe United, slotted into a back three with Scott Harrison and Dan Jones either side of him.

He impressed, winning his headers and throwing his body in the way of several shots.

Up front, Plymouth Argyle striker Morgan partnered Scott Fenwick but he looked off the pace having not played a full 90 minutes in a competitive match since October.

Moore, who deployed a new 3-5-2 formation, to accommodate the pair, said there is much more to come from them both.

But Moore was pleased with Mirfin’s contribution and believes Harrison and Jones will benefit from playing alongside a defender with more than 400 career appearances.

“The new lads look like they need games but there is more to come from them,” Moore told SportMail.

“Mirf is a quality defender and he is here to help those two young kids develop but we need to get a little bit more from Morgan on that evidence.

“The two kids at the back will only get better playing alongside Mirf though.

“Scott [Harrison] got frustrated, he made the rick for allowing the cross and that frustration came out with his tackle a few moments later.

“He was lucky he didn’t get sent off.

“They have to learn but we are running out of games.

“Individual errors have cost us dear.”

Matt Tubbs scored Pompey’s winner in the 60th minute, less than a minute after Morgan had been subbed for Marlon Harewood.

Moore told SportMail: “Marvin was lacking match fitness.

“I don’t usually like to make substitutions but I was worried he might get a hamstring or something and then it is five, six, seven weeks out.

“So we took him off and then did they lose concentration from that?

“It was only seconds later that we conceded a sloppy goal.”

Pools were backed by 183 travelling supporters, who had made the 12-hour round trip and Moore was left feeling frustrated his side hadn’t shown them more.

He added: “The fans are desperate for us to do well.

“They came all that way and wouldn’t have got back until half two in the morning.

“It was a shame we didn’t show ourselves more as an attacking force.”

- RICHARD MENNEAR