Reaction: Ronnie Moore toasts his Hartlepool squad but warns they haven’t achieved anything yet

Hartlepool United scorers Scott Harrison and Brad Walker at the final whistle. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United scorers Scott Harrison and Brad Walker at the final whistle. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore heaped praise on his Hartlepool United players after they moved out of the drop zone for the first time in five months.

But he warned they haven’t achieved anything yet, with seven games of the season to go.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

The 2-1 victory over Cambridge United saw Pools climb two places to 22nd in Sky Bet League Two, now a point ahead of Tranmere Rovers in second bottom.

Goals from Brad Walker and Scott Harrison sealed the win at a packed and buoyant Victoria Park, the largest crowd of the season watching the action unfold.

Defeats for Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town and a point for Tranmere, saw Pools leapfrog them to third bottom.

The Pools boss was looking forward to a celebratory pint to toast his side’s fourth consecutive victory - the first time they have achieved that since October 2013.

Moore said: “Out of the bottom two and it looked three weeks ago like it wouldn’t happen.

“All praise to the lads.

“They’ve chased and harried and we have earned the results that have gone for us.

“It showed how much we have progressed as last time we played a physical side we got beat up, but we stood firm.

“The crowd came to the fore at the end, it’s so nerve-wracking and it’s five past five when we finish games these days!

“We are off the bottom and it’s a great lift for everyone.

“But we don’t want to go back in there with some tough games to come.

“I will enjoy my pint tonight,” added Moore.

Moore also confirmed that Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola was taken off with a slight groin strain and he will be assessed.

Next up for Pools is an Easter weekend double header, Newport County away on Good Friday followed by Southend United at home on Easter Monday.