Reaction: Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore fuming with defensive display after Luton defeat

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager
Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager

FUMING Ronnie Moore branded his vulnerable Hartlepool United defence a “disgrace” following the 3-0 loss at Luton Town.

Cameron McGeehan nodded John Still’s Luton in front after just five minutes before Jake Howells made no mistake from the penalty spot after 15 minutes.

Pools were rattled and were lucky they managed to avoid conceding further goals before the break.

Scott Griffiths added a third in the second-half but despite the heavy loss Pools remain third bottom with two games to go.

“It was a disgrace, defensively,” said Moore.

“You wouldn’t think how important that game was given the performance, that was what disappointed me.

“Everytime they went forward they looked like they were going to score.

“As a back four but especially down the middle.

“They had two lads up front, not the biggest, but they made life difficult and that was a big worry for me.

“We looked very vulnerable.”

Pools were without on-loan Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin, who was missing with a badly bruised toe injury.

He will be assessed later this week.