Ronnie Moore: Hartlepool United are too naive

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

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Ronnie Moore recognises Hartlepool United’s young side are a work in progress.

But he wants to see his players develop more nous on the field.

There are a lot of young players in the side, still learning how to play the game

RONNIE MOORE

Pools got themselves into a winning position with 20 minutes to go last weekend against Carlisle United, only to concede two goals in 10 costly minutes and lose their 100 per cent home record in League Two.

“We were naive,” said Moore, who takes his side to high-flying Wycombe tomorrow.“Even if we didn’t cope with the hoof football, we were still in front with 20 to go and we were naive.

“In instances liker that, we needed a striker to drop in, play a bit deeper, and make us compact and see it out for a 10-minute spell.

“If we did that then there’s only 10 to go, but instead we were gung-ho and left ourselves wide open.

“You have to learn to close out games and win them.

“I was hoarse shouting to them to get back in to make a block.

“If that happens, the more the opposition get frustrated and that would allow us to pick them off.

“We could have ended up winning that 3-1 instead of losing 3-2.

“We were going for another goal, when sometimes it’s not needed.

“There are a lot of young players in the side, still learning how to play the game – it sounds stupid because they are professional footballers.

“But they have to are learn to see games out, take their time over things, and not go running after the ball when it goes out for our throw-in.

“It’s basic silly things but they are so enthusiastic.

“We have to teach them how to be professional.”