Hartlepool boss: Just give it a whack!

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Forget trying to score the perfect goal - just give it a whack.

That’s the order Ronnie Moore will be giving his Hartlepool United players ahead of their League Two trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday.

There are too many little one-twos on the edge of the box, we’re trying to create the perfect goal.

Pools have not scored in the last two matches, a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Exeter City and a goalless draw with Cambridge United at the weekend.

But they have not been short on chances or openings, with Pools denied either by a lack of accuracy, saves or blocks.

Moore thinks his players are being “positive” but perhaps are trying to ‘walk it in’ rather than pulling the trigger.

“I am not saying we are creating hundreds of chances,” he said.

“I think we are just trying to be too nice around the penalty area.

“There are too many little one-twos on the edge of the box, we’re trying to create the perfect goal.

“When it’s there, give it a whack and see what happens, how many times do you see a deflection in situations like that?

“We need someone to have a shot – that’s the main thing.” for us.

“We were positive (on Saturday) and created chances, but we need to take chances when they come.”

Moore, as he has said throughout the last few winless weeks, is not a man to panic.

And there is no great worries now for the experienced manager.

The losing run has been halted and he is confident now the goals and wins will follow.

“We’ll keep going, keep believing and we will be OK,” he said. “We’ll keep working in it and it will come.

“At the moment we are close but not scoring, whether it’s because of a bad ball in or us not being on the front foot.

“It’ll come as we have players who know what the game is about and have scored goals in the past.

“I don’t think there is too much to worry about, we’ve just got to keep putting balls in the right areas and hopefully one of them will get on the end of it.”

Moore says Pools were boosted by the return of skipper Billy Paynter.

The 31-year-old did not score but brought players around him into play successfully.

“Billy gives us a presence,” said Moore.

“He drops in short allowing the quicker lads to get in behind and his link-up play is really good – but he needs a goal as well.”