Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore praises forward Franks

Jonathan Franks in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
Jonathan Franks in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

JONATHAN Franks has taken some stick from manager Ronnie Moore since he took charge but the Pools boss has praised the forward for his recent impact on the side.

The former Middlesbrough forward scored twice in the 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle and impressed with his work rate and improved crossing.

That hasn’t always been the case though, with Franks often lambasted for his poor end product but there were signs of progress in the Argyle win.

Moore acknowledged the stick Franks had been getting from the crowd - and from him - and praised him for producing the goods.

“Franksy took his two goals well, the big thing was to get an early goal,” Moore told SportMail.

“He has had some stick off the crowd and off me, so it is nice when they do come and turn up.

“And he certainly did that.

“Franksy’s first corner was awful but then he delivered two or three great ones when we should have scored.

“Dan Jones had a couple of chances and Scott Fenwick almost scored from one.”

The 24-year-old forward, who is the season’s top scorer so far with six goals, was playing wide right in a new-look 4-3-3 formation which has reaped rewards for Pools in recent weeks.

Victory over Argyle came on the back of a 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers, with Scott Fenwick finding the back of the net in both games.

Moore has praised Fenwick in recent weeks for his tireless performances and the Pools boss says he is impressed with his progress.

“Scotty has done well and is coming on and he has scored some good goals for us,” said Moore.

“I have probably said one or two things about him, that when you look back on it, were perhaps a little bit harsh.

“We have spoken to him and told him how to play and he is picking it up.

“I was pleased to see him get one and Franksy the other two.”