Reaction: Ronnie Moore praises “gutsy” Hartlepool performance in crucial win over Wimbledon

Sam Collins and Ronnie Moore look on.
Sam Collins and Ronnie Moore look on.

HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore was delighted with his side’s second-half performance in the 1-0 win over Wimbledon.

A 73rd minute strike from on-loan Cambridge United forward Ryan Bird sealed the win at Victoria Park, as Pools survived 12 minutes of added-on time due to an injury to Michael Woods.

Victory pushes Pools back to within six points of safety.

“The gutsy nature pleased me,” said Moore.

“The first half wasn’t good and there wasn’t a lot for our fans to get excited about.

“We had to win and it’s no good coming off 0-0.

The spirit and commitment was good and if we made the right decision on the break, we could have had more.

Ronnie Moore, Pools manager

“Can we turn them a bit at the back? Their weakness is the back four..

“Jack Compton delivered the ball – I wouldn’t say a perfect ball – but one goal was always going to win it.

“The spirit and commitment was good and if we made the right decision on the break, we could have had more.”

Bird only signed this week but scored on his debut at Victoria Park.

Moore added: “Ryan had one chance, a ball drilled at him, and he put it away.

“It was a tight game and nice to get the winning goal.”

Dons boss Neal Ardley was left fuming with his side’s display, meanwhile.

Ardley said: “Very, very angry – and disappointed.

“We have been in good form of late and today I felt we were poor – not enough energy from minute one.

“Our game management, from last week and Tuesday, was poor against a team scrapping for their lives on a poor pitch.

“We didn’t do anything the game needed at any point.

“It was a nothing game, and a stupid moment from us when we aren’t set, out of shape and within three passes the ball is in the net.

“Then we chased the game poorly and they were defending for their lives.

“We had no energy, no intensity and it wasn’t good enough.”