Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore happy with midfield trio

Michael Woods on the attack in the Hartlepool United V Plymouth game
Michael Woods on the attack in the Hartlepool United V Plymouth game
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Ronnie Moore looks like sticking with his latest midfield combination for Saturday’s Boxing Day showdown with Notts County.

Michael Woods made his first start for seven matches when he teamed up with Nicky Featherstone and Jake Gray for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Plymouth Argyle.

Woodsy did well in midfield, he gave us a bit of energy

RONNIE MOORE

And Woods returned in style, pushing forward whenever he could while putting his body on the line in several strong challenges.

The 25-year-old had been a mainstay in the early weeks of the season before losing hios place after the 2-0 defeat at Wimbledon.

“Woodsy did well in midfield, he gave us a bit of energy, him and Gray.

“Gray looked a little bit tired so that’s why we took him off.

“He made decent runs which were just blocked at times.

“Nicky did well to sit in there and did a job on the Plymouth 27, stopping him from playing and it allowed the other two the chance to bomb on.”

Should Carl Magnay be fit for the visit of the Magpies, Moore is unlikely to break up the midfield trio.

Despite a promising afternoon at right-back, Scott Harrison would probably make way.

The centre-half was beaten a couple of times by Argyle left-winger Gregg Wylde but, otherwise, performed well in a position he struggled at Mansfield.

Moore was pleased with the former Sunderland defender.

“Scott has done all right at right-back, he handled it a lot better than last time at Mansfield,” said the manager.

“We did a bit of one v one with him at training on Friday.

“He gives us strength and commitment.

“To be fair, I thought the back four has been good.

“It’s tough as a centre-half playing wide, but he knows a bit about the role as he’s done it before and I was pleased for him.

“I thought he was one of the better players.”