Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore needs signings but insists Pools are not a million miles away

Pools' Rakish Bingham rounds the keeper to score his goal against Northampton Town

Pools' Rakish Bingham rounds the keeper to score his goal against Northampton Town

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Ronnie Moore will today step up his hunt for new talent but insists Hartlepool United are not a “million miles away”.

Pools suffered another frustrating afternoon on Saturday when they lost 2-1 at promotion hopefuls Northampton Town.

We need a Mirf type, someone who is going to guide us

RONNIE MOORE

Moore was unhappy at a “lack of leadership”, especially at the back after Pools found themselves two down inside a torrid first 21 minute but feels just a couple of signings would make all the difference.

“I don’t think we are a million miles away, but we need some new blood,” Moore told SportMail.

“We need fresh faces, more energy in the right areas.

“Once we get that right, I think we’ll be OK.”

Moore though stressed there would not be wholesale changes, just signings where they are needed most.

“If we are not careful you end up looking at right-back, centre-half, every position.

“We need to look at where we are weakest, put that part right.

“Once we put that right I’m sure the rest will come.”

Central defence is the key area for Moore who thought he had a loan signing lined up on Thursday only for the manager of the player he was trying to bring in to have a change of heart.

But the Pools boss stresses he will keep “knocking on doors” to get the right figure and character.

Last season, Moore brought in David Mirfin from Scunthorpe United and the experienced centre-half was pivotal in the club’s survival.

Mirfin is no longer available but the boss wants a man of that ilk in his transfer dealings.

“It’s been a couple of hard weeks on that front,” he said.

“There’s no point bringing in a young kid and putting him in there, it’s not going to make us any better.

“We need a Mirf type, someone who is going to guide us.

“We were so close on Thursday but we have to keep knocking on doors and hope someone does us a real favour

“We can’t go on defending like we were in the first 20 minutes and hope to get away with it.”

Moore wants players with brains, as well as bottle, characters who will lead both in words and deed.

Pools were a goal down early doors through Marc Richards, with a second coming on 21 minutes when Andrew Boyce seemed to turn in a Nicky Adams corner.

“It’s about how you deal with the situation,” said Moore. “You need leaders, you need men.

“The game was done in that 20-minute spell

“It’s got to the stage where we have to score two goals to win a game and it’s near impossible.

“The back four has been the same for three games and I’m looking to get someone in.

“We work hard and it’s disappointing because Northampton have not had to work hard for their goals – the lads got a tap in on four minutes and it set the tone.”