Ronnie Moore calls on Hartlepool players not to waste survival chance despite York defeat

[HUFC - BLUE/WHITE]. Picture by JOE SPENCE

[HUFC - BLUE/WHITE]. Picture by JOE SPENCE

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HARTLEPOOL United’s fate remains in their own hands – and Ronnie Moore has called on his players not to waste the opportunity.

Four straight wins in March saw Pools climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in five months.

It’s still in our hands but we need to get winning games

Ronnie Moore

But they have picked up just a point in their last three Sky Bet League Two outings, to leave them a point above the bottom two with just four matches to play.

Moore said: “It’s still in our hands, still about us, but we need to get winning games and not waste the month we have had.”

Pools remain the right side of the dotted lines despite the York City defeat but Moore wants to see his side move the ball quicker and smarter in the remaining matches.

He added: “It was just so disappointing, the pace of our passing more than anything.

“We didn’t work the ball well and we had a lot of it.

“Stats can say what they want, it is how you use the ball and which side puts it in the back of the net.

“But we just kept doing the wrong things.

“I was screaming and shouting to put the ball in there.

“At the end it became a training session for them, 6 v 4 and instead of going to kill them off, we were happy just passing it around.”

The winning goal from Luke Summerfield’s 30-yard strike took a hefty deflection off David Mirfin before sailing past Scott Flinders.

Moore was unhappy the York midfielder wasn’t closed down quicker, while he wanted to see his forward players be smarter in possession.

He added: “You cannot do much about the deflection off Mirf but you can about the run made in the first place.

“We were then shooting from 30-yards and when you do that one in 2,000 attempts go in.

“We shot when we should have passed and vice versa.

“We need goals, and goals win games.

“That is what we are missing. nine times out of 10 when we score first we don’t lose too many games,” added a frustrated Moore.

Moore agreed with referee Keith Stroud that Dave Winfield – who broke Michael Woods’ leg a month ago while on loan at Wimbledon – should have been red carded.

“It was a red card, their lad lunged in,” he told SportMail.

“The ball had been overrun but he caught Brad [Walker] and he is lucky he didn’t catch him properly.

“If he had caught him properly, he would have been in a similar state that Woodsy is in.”