Hartlepool United v Cambridge: Ronnie Moore says it’s time to end the losing run

Ronnie Moore on the sidelines during the game against Wycombe Wanderers.  Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore on the sidelines during the game against Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID

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Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore is not pressing any panic buttons – but he admits Pools need to put a halt to their losing run, sooner rather than later.

After their lightning-start to the League Two programme, Pools have found themselves down in 14th.

We can go on a winning run just as easy – at this level it happens

RONNIE MOORE

But victory at home to Cambridge United would lift them back into the top half of the table.

“We need to start moving again,” said Moore.

“We had a tremendous start, with three wins, but we’ve now had four defeats.

“If win [tomorrow] and it’s play-off form – carry on like that through the season and that’s 69 points!

“But I wouldn’t like it to see the season go along in that patter.

“First thing we must make sure we do is put the wedge in and stop losing games.

“Every point is precious, so we have to stop this losing streak.”

There is little wrong with the football at the moment, it’s just Pools are not turning promise into points.

Moore and Sam Collins’ side could have collected points from each of their last three games, all of which have been lost by a one-goal margin.

“We can go on a winning run just as easy – at this level it happens,” said Moore. “Five wins, five defeats? It’s the way of League Two.

“You look at all the big teams who are expected to do this, that or the other.

“No-one has been consistent yet – Leyton Orient apart but then they go and lose 4-0 at Exeter.

“ It’s about what happens

on the day and having some luck, if you don’t carry that bit of luck then you’ll be in trouble.”

But Moore is confident his side’s fortunes will improve.

“We have been unlucky but if we keep playing like that and the lads keep giving what they have been, then it will change,” he said.

“You cannot continually lose games playing that way – it changes.

“Obviously, it was bitterly disappointing how the game ended for us at Exeter, but the week hasn’t been too bad.

“I’ve not felt like that [at Exeter] for a long, long time, it was like a knife through the heart.

“We had a point and lost it and it’s soul destroying.

“The players were low after the game, which is what you expect, but the lads we played some good stuff against a really good side.

“We need to carry that on against Cambridge.

“The last few games we’ve played well but not taken anything from them.

“We slept from a throw-in in the last 30 seconds last week. We had possession, and gave it away, we need to see games out.

“We couldn’t moan or groan at them and we haven’t.

“We showed them a lot of the good parts from last weekend and I do believe if the penalty had gone in, then we would have won the game.”