Hartlepool United boss hails his unwanted Dirty Dozen

Hartlepool United (2) V Cheltenham Town (0).

Hartlepool United (2) V Cheltenham Town (0).

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RONNIE Moore has revealed he has not had a single call after making several fringe players available for transfer.

The Pools boss said he wasn’t surprised his phone hadn’t been red hot either – but he does believe it has had the desired affect with players upping their game.

Moore wasn’t naming names when he revealed to SportMail that he was looking to offload some of the current squad members, making it clear to League Two and Conference clubs.

But seven days later and there hasn’t been a single enquiry.

“My phone has not been red hot,” Moore told SportMail.

“I think we all knew that would happen but it lets the players know too.

“We haven’t had a phonecall about anyone.”

Moore hopes his players have, though, now turned a corner following the much-needed win over Cheltenham Town which brought an end to a 12-match winless streak.

The 61-year-old said: “There are one or two players who are now chirping up and it comes down to confidence.

“If you get into a routine where you are getting beat every week then it is going to affect your confidence.

“There are a lot of young players about too and it can be difficult but you have to lift them.

“I have been critical in the past but gave them a pat on the back this past week.

“If they give what they did against Cheltenham then they won’t get criticism from me.

“We might not have the best individual players but you can certainly become a decent team as a group by sticking together and doing the right things and working hard.

“Making opposition teams think they don’t want to play us.

“It is like the Dirty Dozen, we are going from the Dirty Dozen to the Great Escape.”

Despite that quip, Moore isn’t getting carried away and while he admits the Cheltenham match came as a welcome relief, he knows there is a long way to go if Pools are to bridge the seven-point gap to safety.

“It’s always nice to get the first win and a lot of players had forgot that feeling and what it’s like,” added the Pools boss.

“The clean sheet was a big thing and to score two goals was good, it could have been three or four.

“But we aren’t going overboard and there’s a mountain to climb, but the thing for me was that the desire and commitment I’ve spoke about was evident and if we produce that week in, week out there’s a chance of the great escape.

“The dressing room after the game was really good and people started to talk – I didn’t think we had people like that.

“Ducky [Michael Duckworth] – I didn’t think he could talk and he was shouting and being loud!

“The biggest thing for me was on the final whistle when there was a little melee and suddenly it turns into a 20-man brawl and it was nice to see all our lads in there, no-one was hiding.

“That’s what I’m talking about being a unit – togetherness.”