Ronnie Moore looks for goals from set-pieces at Hartlepool United

Ronnie Moore on the touchline during the 1-0 home win over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
Ronnie Moore on the touchline during the 1-0 home win over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore couldn’t be happier with Hartlepool United’s start to the season.

Well, that’s not strictly true. The Pools boss IS pleased with four wins out of four and three clean sheet – but he wants more goals, specifivcally from set-pieces.

There are going to be days when it’s going to be really tight and hard for the strikers

RONNIE MOORE

Billy Paynter (3), Rakish Bingham and Scott Fenwick have all found the net, with Paynter’s winner at Fleetwood Town, from Jake Carroll’s free-kick, the only one via a dead ball situation.

“There are goals in our strikers, no doubt about it,” Moore told SportMail.

“I’d like us to score more goals from set-plays.

“There are going to be days when it’s going to be really tight and hard for the strikers.

“But in one of those games, a set-play can win you the game if it’s done right and organised right.”

It’s a fair point from Moore but the manager is certainly happy with how Pools have fared so far.

He takes his third-placed side to Stevenage, who are down in 22nd place with only one point from a possible nine.

But Moore, who highlighted in SportMail yesterday that it’s “still early days” is not fooled by the start made by Teddy Sheringham’s team.

“They have been unlucky,” he said. “It will be another tough game.”

Pools though go to the Boro full of confidence after their third straight win.

Moore acknowledged it was “not a brilliant performance” but says it is results like that which could make the difference to success and failure.

“You look back at the end of the season and say that’s a hell of a result,” he said. “It was a good win.”

Moore was pleased that Pools continued to try to play football against good opponents and in testing conditions.

But he would like to see the team develop a killer instinct.

“There was some nice football at times, some good movement around the box, just that final ball wasn’t right,” said the manager.

“When we got the goal, it should have been a case of sticking the knife in but we couldn’t kill them off.”