Ronnie Moore v Phil Brown. No old pal’s act for Hartlepool United v Southend

OH YES: Jordan Hugill celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
OH YES: Jordan Hugill celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United against Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore would love to get one over close friend Phil Brown when his Southend United side head to Victoria Park on Easter Monday.

Fresh from Pools’ hard-fought 2-2 draw at Newport County, Moore’s attention quickly turned to his resurgent side’s next battle.

He is a good lad and a good mate but if we have to nail them on Monday, then we have to!

RONNIE MOORE

Moore and former Pools defender Brown go back a long way but the Pools boss wants to see his side stretch their unbeaten run to six games – with three points against The Shrimpers.

The point at Rodney Parade kept Pools third-bottom, a point above the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

Moore is expecting another tough encounter against play-off contenders Southend but he sees no reason why his side cannot make it three straight wins at home.

“Browny is a big mate of mine and I have seen quite a lot of him lately,” Moore told SportMail.

“He is an experienced manager, has been in the Premier League, but he is still out watching all of the games I go to.

“We bump into each other all the time.

“He is a good lad and a good mate but if we have to nail them on Monday, then we have to!”

Moore had given his players today off before the squad return to the training fields at Maiden Castle on Easter Sunday, ahead of the visit of Southend on Monday (kick-off 3pm).

Buoyed by the point at Newport, Moore wants his players to set the tempo from the off at Victoria Park.

And if they do, he believes they can make it three consecutive wins at home, ahead of the trip to relegation rivals York City.

Moore added: “Southend are also in the play-offs, it is another tough game and we have it all to do.

“No doubt about that but we are a team third from bottom and we just need to do our jobs and play with some freedom.

“Momentum at this stage of the season is massive and we are on a good run of form.

“If we play like we did first half against Newport then there aren’t many teams that will live with us.

“Hopefully, with the ticket offer again we’ll get another 5,000 plus into The Vic and we are all looking forward to it.

“We need to set the tempo at home and hopefully we can get the result we need.”

Moore doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns going into the game, with Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola shaking off a groin strain in order to start at Newport.

He completed the full 90 minutes and is set to start again on Monday.

Moore added: “Tish had a groin strain, something he had all week and he only trained on Thursday.

“He was stiff yesterday morning but wanted to play and he will be okay for Monday.

“They all want to play now, that is the big thing.

“Even the subs are desperate to come on.”