Jack Compton told to ‘man up’ and produce for Hartlepool

POTENTIAL MATCH-WINNER: Jack Compton.  Picture by FRANK REID

POTENTIAL MATCH-WINNER: Jack Compton. Picture by FRANK REID

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JACK Compton CAN be Hartlepool United’s “matchwinner” tonight and help save the club from relegation, says manager Ronnie Moore.

Pools take on relegation rivals Dagenham & Redbridge away (kick-off 7.45pm) and Moore is looking to his wingers for inspiration.

I honestly believe with his ability he could save us – if he turns up.

Ronnie Moore, Pools boss

Compton provided the pass for Ryan Bird to score the winner in the 1-0 win over Wimbledon as Pools tonight look to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Victory over the Dons clawed the gap to safety back to six points.

And the Pools boss is desperate for his players to maintain the momentum at The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium against 19th-placed Daggers.

Moore told SportMail: “I have said to Compton, ‘you can be our match-winner’.

“I honestly believe with his ability he could save us – if he turns up.

“If him and [Jonathan] Franks turn up between now and the end of the season we have a hell of a chance of getting out of this. I don’t want to see Jack’s brother playing tonight.

“Against Wimbledon [in the second-half], he said he couldn’t breath and his ribs were hurting – man up and do it!

“At this level and top level, with wingers it is all about consistency and one in four at our level isn’t enough and we can’t afford one in four.

“We need them now, if we stay with them. We could have a look at other formations still and it’s down to them two.

“Franksy gives us more defensively than Compo, and Compo frustrates you but they need to put a real shift in.

“I couldn’t fault them against Wimbledon.”

Tonight’s hosts, four points above the drop zone, have suffered back-to-back defeats and have been dragged back into the relegation dogfight.

Moore added: “Dagenham have lots of pace but there are no easy games are there?”

“It would be nice for us all to get back to back wins and then it all changes.

“We have offered at times and not delivered.

“I’ve said to the lads it only matters about what we do.

“If we come off this game and draw or get beat then it doesn’t matter what the others do, we then aren’t closing the gap.

“But if we come off tonight and it is only three points then with Burton coming here on Saturday that is a cup final – all to play for.

“We have to go to Dagenham and be brave, be positive and set the tempo.”

Pools will be without Michael Woods (leg), Matthew Bates (dead leg), Scott Fenwick (ankle), Stuart Parnaby (knee) while Tommy Miller is still working his way back to fitness following a calf injury.

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett could make changes after naming an unchanged starting line-up for the last five games.

His side were beaten 2-1 away to Mansfield Town at the weekend.

Shamir Fenelon made his Daggers debut as a substitute on Saturday after joining the club on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Pools (probable): Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Mirfin, Austin, Franks, Featherstone, Tshibola, Compton, Smith, Bird. Subs: (from): Maxted, Richards, Holden, D. Jones, Walker, Morgan, Harewood, J Jones.

Daggers (probable): Cousins, Ogogo, Obileye, Doe, Widdowson, Howell, Boucaud, Bingham, Cureton, Jakubiak, Hemmings. Subs: O’Brien, Saah, Fenelon, Labadie, Carr, Gayle, Raymond.