Hartlepool United v Luton Town: Pools need to look up and not down

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

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Hartlepool United need to be looking up and not down.

That was the view of Ronnie Moore who saw his Pools side slip six places from 11th and 17th following the defeat to Bristol Rovers.

I think with this group of players we should not be anywhere near the bottom places

RONNIE MOORE

Looking up is easier said than done given Pools face the daunting prospect of tackling an in-form Luton Town at Victoria Park tomorrow.

Pools had started Tuesday night’s game just a point off the play-offs and Moore says the top half should be the minimum of the club’s aims.

“Even a point the other night could have put us in the top seven – with a win we would have been in there,” he said. “We need to be top half, pushing up the top end, that’s what I want.

“I want the players to believe in it too. We had the nonsense of last year, trying to find two sides worse than us.

“Let’s improve the group of players and the club, look to make progress and get better again next season.

“I think with this group of players we should not be anywhere near the bottom places.

“If we get one or two players in that we want, I’m certain we’ll go in the right direction.”

Moore was upset by the midweek performance. “We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders or struggling at the wrong end like last season,” he said. “Let’s cut out the silly mistakes.

“We had worked hard with the back four in training, and thought we had got it right. Then we stopped and Tuesday was a collapse. It’s telling us they aren’t taking on board what we are telling them.

“We’ll have to keep doing it day-in, day-out so the penny will eventually drop for them.”