Hartlepool United’s fortunes will change – sooner rather than later.
That was the message today from boss Ronnie Moore after Pools slipped to 14th place in the League Two table.
We need to stick together, keep believing in what we are doing and hope we get a break.
After reeling off three wins from three in the opening weeks of the season, Pools have now lost four on the trot in the division.
The most recent defeat was undoubtedly the biggest sickener – Moore’s side were some 75 seconds away from picking up a point at Exeter City.
However, after playing so well at St James Park, Pools were floored by a sucker-punch, Christian Ribeiro’s winner coming one minute, 46 seconds into stoppage time.
Pools have another tough match this Saturday, a home clash with Cambridge United, but Moore is confident the tide will turn.
“If we keep playing like that then the results will change,” said the man who led Pools to last season’s great escape.
“It’s not a case of ‘back to the drawing board’ or thinking ‘where do we go from here?’, it’s about turning it around and we can.
“We need to stick together, keep believing in what we are doing and hope we get a break.
“I’ve been on a run like this before and it will turn but you have to make it turn.”
Pools were desperately unfortunate against the high-flying Grecians, putting in a display mixing defensive solidity with some dangerous attacking play.
Moore backed his players for their attitude and application but admits he is desperate to get points back on the board.
“I can’t or won’t criticise the players,” he said. “They cannot give any more than this.
“We’ve played well against a team who buried the leaders [Leyton Orient].
“We might not have had thousands of fans here but those who came to support us will have seen that.
“We will play a lot worse than this and win, no doubt.
“But the sooner the win comes the better as it gives everyone a little lift and that bit of a confidence boost
“We don’t want to be dragged into that bottom two or three again.”
Moore says the very unpredictable nature of League Two gives him hope of a return to the top half of the table.
“I’ve said all along you can win five games on the trot as easy as you can lose them,” he explained.
Pools were not aided by the absence of leading scorer Billy Paynter at St Jamses Park.
The skipper was resting a hamstring problem but could return against mid-table Cambridge this weekend.
While the Pools attack was positive, Rakish Bingham received support from Rhys Oates and Jake Carroll, they could have done with Paynter, especially when they had a penalty 20 minutes from time.
Moore was pleased with the display of his entire team but conceded Paynter was a loss.
“We missed Billy a bit as his authority up there would have helped,” he added.
Bingham limped off with 12 minutes to go but should be fit to face the U’s.