Old school manager Ronnie Moore is class act at Hartlepool

MESSAGE: Ronnie Moore
MESSAGE: Ronnie Moore

SCOTT Harrison believes “old school” Ronnie Moore is finally getting his message across to the Hartlepool United squad.

Pools may still be nine points from safety but there has been an upturn in performances since Moore took charge at the club.

On-loan Sunderland defender Harrison says the 61-year-old has a great “spark” which the Pools players are responding to.

They put in their best performance of the season so far in the 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers, a game they should have taken all three points from.

Harrison told SportMail: “The manager is definitely getting his message across.

“He has a laugh but gets his point across how he wants you to play and everyone respects him.

“He is a bit old school but he has a spark about him and we are all enjoying playing under him.”

Pools have signed Harrison on loan until the end of the season but they are keen to tie him down to a permanent deal.

He is enjoying life at the Sky Bet League Two club despite the struggles on the pitch.

Pools travelled to Prenton Park on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town knowing they couldn’t afford a defeat against their relegation rivals.

Pools, supported by 420 fans, dominated the attempts on goal after Scott Fenwick scored the equaliser and Harrison knows they could have been celebrating a victory.

Harrison added: “At times after the break we were stretched and that was difficult but overall, with the amount of chances we created, we could have won the game.

“The fans were brilliant and next week hopefully we will be even better for them.”

Playing in a new-look 4-3-3 formation, with Fenwick and Jonathan Franks providing support to Rakish Bingham, Pools were a threat all afternoon.

Harrison put the performance down to hard work on the training pitches.

The 21-year-old said: “Training had been good and we were looking sharp, it was just a case of bringing that into the game and I think we did that.

“The shape was a bit different but it worked well for us and it is something that suits us well.

“It is good for the defence because you have the safety of Batesy [Matthew Bates] sat in the holding role.

“The other lads were able to pass it about and get the ball wide.

“It worked well for us.

“We were obviously disappointed with the first goal, I will have to watch it back but I think I could have done better.

“But to come back straight away was great because it has been a problem this season, conceding one and then collapsing.

“The response was pleasing and we got the goal and went from there.”

Moore had stressed to the players the importance of the match in the build-up, with the manager returning to the club that sacked him for a breach of betting rules.

Harrison added “We all knew how big this game was for the manager and we all knew we had to put in a response after last week.

“But at the end of the day he is a football manager and wants to win every game.”