Our players must put in a shift, says Hartlepool United’s Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore insists the least Hartlepool United’s players can do during the current difficult run is to ‘put in a shift’ for the cause, writes Roy Kelly.

League Two life is a struggle for Pools at the present time – their first-half performances in defeats to Crawley and Wimbledon have been among some of the worst in recent times.

If a player is having a bad day with the ball he needs to run about, put in some tackles and make it hard for the opposition.

The second halves were better, though Pools ended up beaten in both games, 2-1 and 2-0.

And with a tough FA Cup tie coming up against Cheltenham on Saturday at Victoria Park, Moore says 100 per cent effort is the minimum requirement.

“I’ve never been at a money club, but my teams have always played with passion,” Moore told SportMail .

“If a player is having a bad day with the ball he needs to run about, put in some tackles and make it hard for the opposition.

“It was far too easy for Wimbledon, especially the last 25 minutes of the first half.

“We were lucky to come in at only 2-0.”

Moore is looking for new signings this week though even if he is successful, it would be unlikely they would be available for the first round tie.

The Pools boss is definitely without Carl Magnay, who completes the sixth and final game of his FA suspension, while lon-loan centre-half Magnus Okuonghae is unlikely to play.

Magnay will make his return a week today at Doncaster for Pools Reserves.