Hartlepool United boss won’t blame loan-man Mikael Mandron

Mikael Mandron in action for Hartlepool against Oxford at the Victoria Ground on Saturday. Picture by Tom Collins.
Mikael Mandron in action for Hartlepool against Oxford at the Victoria Ground on Saturday. Picture by Tom Collins.

Ronnie Moore admits Mikael Mandron should have scored his first Hartlepool United goal and sent Pools on the way to another famous League Two victory.

But the Pools boss does not blame the on-loan Sunderland forward for the 1-0 home defeat to Oxford United.

Mandron failed to beat keeper Ben Buchel when clean through on goal 12 minutes after half-time.

The scoreline was level at that point, Pools having had the better of the play until that stage, but it was Oxford who got the winner through supersub Danny Hylton’s defet finish on 70 minutes.

“Had Mandron scored it’s a game-changer, you can’t miss it,” said Moore.

“It was a golden opportunity, from good football, it was a great pass through.

“Mikael then has a decision – chip it or hit it?

“For me, I think he should have feinted to hit it, waited for the keeper to move and then clip it over him.

“But he’s a young kid learning the role.

“He’s worked hard, chased everything, but I think he will be an instinctive finisher, not a poacher.

“He’s not going to be a John Aldridge type of player.”

Pools played the better football against the new League Two leaders but had few gilt-edged openings.

But this was certainly one as Moore explained.

“We’ve had the best chance of the game, at the most crucial time,” said the manager.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and it should have been in the back of the net.

“As a goal-scorer, you should score them.

“Mikael has chased and harried and done all those sort of things and I think he will be more of an instinctive finisher, when the ball comes in and bang.

“In those sort of positions, the natural scorer scores – like Hylton did for them.

“Mikael is a young lad still lerning his trade, I’m not going to criticise him.

“What I’ve said to him is keeping making them runs but be clinical when you get in there.”