Hartlepool squad won’t be given a day off after Wycombe Wanderers defeat, says Ronnie Moore

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

The Hartlepool United squad won’t be given a day off this week as Ronnie Moore looks to solve his defensive problem.

Pools were beaten 2-1 at Wycombe Wanderers and Moore was critical of the defenders in the aftermath.

With Pools not playing until next weekend, it gives the squad a full week of training at Maiden Castle.

And Moore says they have to “get it right” to avoid another repeat of last season’s relegation troubles.

Moore said: “Keeping a clean sheet is looking unlikely every time we play at the moment.

“At least we don’t have a game until next Saturday now.

“It gives us a chance to get them in and work on them, there will be no days off.

“We have to get this right. We don’t want to go through what happened last season.”

Michael Harriman scored twice for Gareth Ainsworth’s side at Adams Park, as Pools suffered their eighth straight defeat against Wycombe.

Moore added: “It was too open first half, they had a few chances and we had our own.

“I don’t think there was anything in the game.

“I couldn’t see us losing at half time but we didn’t come out with any tempo after the break.

“We need to get back to basics.

“We look like we aren’t going to keep a clean sheet at the moment.

“Our two centre backs were all over the place and were dominated by their strikers.”

Carl Magnay, who had earlier levelled for Pools, was red carded late on for violent conduct after grappling with Ryan Sellers.

Moore said he hadn’t seen the incident and would review the tape before deciding whether to appeal.

Billy Paynter went off with a hamstring problem again and Moore confirmed he is a major doubt for next weekend.