Hartlepool United must ‘kick on’ now, says Ronnie Moore

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Hartlepool United must build on Sunday’s win on the telly against Leyton Orient and not bask in it.

Boss Ronnie Moore was ecstatic after seeing his side fight back from conceding an early goal to beat the promotion hopefuls 3-1.

But, Moore pointed out that the victory over the O’s was just the start of a testing sequence of fixtures – their next five matches are all against sides in the top seven, starting with Saturday’s visit to Mansfield Town.

And Moore says it’s time to “kick on” in League Two.

“You’ve got to,” he told SportMail.

“The pleasing thing is that it stops you lot in the media shouting at me that we haven’t won at home in the league.

“You can’t be throwing that at me now – we’ve won in the FA Cup and the league!

“We’ve got to kick on – this was the start of a tough six-match run for us.

“We’ve got five more of the top seven to play, so there’s food for thought for us.

“But we go to Mansfield in better heart, knowing that if we produce what we did in the second half against Leyton Orient then we should not be frightened of anyone.”

Moore added an element of caution, pointing out that Pools have four newcomers in their side, three of whom are still quite new to the Football League.

Portsmouth winger Kal Naismith has plenty of games under his belt, both north and south of the border, with Rangers, Accrington and Portsmouth.

But the combined total of Middlesbrough defender, Adam Jackson, 21, two-goal hero Jake Gray, 19, and Sunderland striker, Mikael Mandron, numbers only 25.

“We have new faces and it does take a bit of time,” said Moore.

“There are a lot of young lads too, who are still on the learning curve.

“I thought we just about deserved it [on Sunday].”

And Moore hopes he saw signs of progress by the fact that Pools came on strong against Leyton Orient, rather than retreated into their shells.

“When Orient threw caution to the wind, we killed them off – we kept the ball like we haven’t done in the past,” he said.

“Good sides can put the game to bed and that happened.”