Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore admits moving Scott Fenwick out wide ‘didn’t work out’

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

HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore admitted his move to play Scott Fenwick on the wing “didn’t” work out after a last minute formation change.

In the wake of the Luton Town defeat, Moore revealed he was going to drop Jonathan Franks and go with an attacking 3-4-3 formation with Fenwick up front alongside Marlon Harewood and Jordan Hugill.

Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, against Luton it didn’t.

But the late injury blow to David Mirfin caused a last-minute re-think, with the 24-year-old striker pushed wide right in a 4-4-2 system on his first start after an ankle injury.

Despite the changes in formation and personnel, Moore said his players must still defend better than they did.

Pools were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes at Kenilworth Road, as Luton ran riot.

Moore told SportMail: “It is not natural for Scott Fenwick out there.

“But he did a really good job there away at Tranmere, playing in a three.

“He found it tough against Luton and we took him off because we didn’t want to give him too much football and then end up with a thigh strain after his time out.

“Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, against Luton it didn’t.

“But we cannot give sides two goal starts like we did, not against anyone.

“Tish [Aaron Tshibola] was done for the penalty, for the first Maz [Marlon Harewood] had him but he got a free header on the back post.

“Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong.

“But we have to brush it off now and move on.”

Franks has been an almost ever present under Moore but was due to be on the bench, with Moore keen to start with a 3-4-3 formation.

He considered starting with Matthew Bates but having recently returned to training after two months out with a thigh injury, Moore decided against it.

Moore told SportMail: “I was going to play 3-4-3, with the three strikers and rest Franks.

“But with the injury to Mirfin, Batesy has only just come back training so it was too soon to throw him in there.

“And they looked nervous, the two at the back, they looked raw.

“That was the disappointing thing because as a back four we were like four individuals out there, too far apart.

“You could get a bus down the middle.

“We were all over the place and lucky to get in 2-0 at half-time.”