Hartlepool boss pleads for no Moore bad luck please!

BEEN MISSED: Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United against Luton Town. Picture by FRANK REID
BEEN MISSED: Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United against Luton Town. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore has bemoaned Hartlepool United’s recent run of bad luck concerning injuries to key players.

But the Pools boss says there is no point crying over spilt milk and has urged his squad to just “get on with” the task in hand of saving the club from dropping out of the league.

Luton is gone now and we just have to brush it off

RONNIE MOORE

Pools are scrapping for their Football League lives at the foot of Sky Bet League Two, just a point above the drop zone with two games to go.

Injuries have hampered Moore’s plans at a key time though, with a season-ending injury to playmaker Michael Woods while Scott Fenwick and Matthew Bates have just returned following a two-month absence.

On-loan Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin is the latest to be struck down with injury, a severely bruised toe that is causing Pools major headaches ahead of the visit of Exeter City.

Since arriving as manager in mid-December, Moore has also had to contend with loan players being recalled by their parent clubs.

Given their impressive performances, Rakish Bingham and Ryan Bird were quickly recalled by Mansfield Town and Cambridge United, respectively.

Moore told SportMail: “We’re not getting any favours at the moment and that is a disappointment.

“Rakish went back, Birdy went back, Mirf is now injured plus we had Scott, Batesy and Woodsy all injured at an important time too.

“There is nothing we can do about it though.

“Instead, we have what we have got and we just have to get on with it.”

Pools host Exeter City at Victoria Park on Saturday, knowing a win for Moore’s side, coupled with defeats for Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town would see them save.

Tranmere are away to play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle, while Cheltenham host title hopefuls Shrewsbury Town.

Pools will need to produce a much better performance than the one that saw them comfortably beaten 3-0 at Luton Town though.

Moore added: “Luton is gone now and we just have to brush it off.

“I have said since arriving at the club that in this league teams can win five as easy as lose five and Exeter City becomes a massive game now.”

* HARTLEPOOL United have reduced ticket prices for the final home game with Exeter City this Saturday (KO 3pm).

The club’s owners IOR slashed prices by 50 per cent for the last three home games and tickets have been reduced by 30 per cent for Exeter.

Tickets will cost £18 for adults in seating areas and £15 for standing. All concession tickets are £5.

Tickets are on sale and will be available on the day.