Ronnie Moore is proud of the start Hartlepool United have made to the season – but has warned people not to get carried away.
Pools moved up to third in League Two last night after Scott Fenwick’s stunning 51st-minute winner over Newport County made it three wins out of three.
Moore and Sam Collins’ side are one of only three clubs left in the division with a 100 per cent record.
But the boss – back at Victoria Park after daughter Charlotte’s recovery from illness – says feet must be kept on the ground.
“We have nine points and I think we only had 11 last November,” Moore told SportMail. “The fans are loving it and of course it’s nice the position we are in.
“But there are a lot of really good sides in there an tremendously hard matches to come.
“There is a long way to go, I’m not getting carried away.”
“The way we finished last season and have started this, some expectations might be rising. But we’re only four games in, including the cup tie, there is a long way to go.
“We need another 41 points first [to be safe].”
But Moore acknowledges that the way Pools battled to victory was further proof that this side has the steel required to be potential challengers.
“Would we have won this game last year?” said Moore.
“We didn’t play particularly well, but we dug in and got the result.
“Three out of four clean sheets isn’t bad, especially when you look at the goal difference we had last year.
“We’ve got to make sure that continues.
“We will always score goals, I think. It’s making sure the back door is shut.”
On the subject of keeping the back door shut, Moore admits he would like to bring in another centre-half.
Harry Worley was ruled out last night after being injured in the win over York, Matthew Bates teaming up with Scott Harrison at the heart of the defence.
And with Carl Magnay currently in excellent form in midfield, Moore feels Pools might be short of options in the central.
“Harry will probably be a couple of weeks, with a bit of luck may be only 10 days,“ said Moore.
“But we’ll have to wait and see how he goes.
“We are still a little bit of short I think, if I can bring a centre back in on loan I might do it.”