Hartlepool boss says Compton is good - on Twitter!

Jack compton in action for Hartlepool United at Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack compton in action for Hartlepool United at Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore refused to be drawn on whether prolific tweeter Jack Compton would make his return for Hartlepool United against Exeter City tomorrow.

But Moore admitted it is vital Pools come out “all guns blazing” with renewed energy and pace at Victoria Park (KO 3pm), a clue that winger Compton is set for a recall.

He is good on twitter, but I am not saying what he will do

Ronnie Moore

Compton has been a frustrated spectator these last nine games as Pools won four straight matches to climb out of the drop zone, before then going five without a win.

With David Mirfin set to miss the match, Moore is expected to go with an attacking 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation, both of which suit Compton’s style.

The 26-year-old is vocal on Twitter and became embroiled in a spat with team-mate Scott Harrison earlier this year after being dropped for the trip to Portsmouth.

That resulted in a team meeting and Compton being given a dressing down.

But when asked whether Compton could be the one to spark a Pools revival, Moore was keeping his cards close to his chest.

The manager responded: “Jack Compton?

“He is good on Twitter, he does really well on that and I enjoy reading it, but I’m not saying what we will do.

“Wait and see on that!”

A win over Exeter City could see Pools safe, if other results go their way and Moore is looking for a response to the 3-0 Luton Town defeat.

Moore added: “We need to come out all guns blazing and get them on the back foot.

“The side that I pick has to be mobile, quick and full of energy.

“That is in your mind straight away, if we are not, then we allow their back four to come out and play and they’ll have runners.

“It is so important that we have energy in the side.”

Pools trained at The Vic yesterday and again today ahead of the visit of Exeter, who like to get the ball down and play.

Moore said: “It is difficult to pick a team after such a bad performance, it steers you down different avenues.

“I wanted to go through one or two different things and that was the idea behind training at the Vic.”