Ronnie Moore warns Hartlepool squad ‘hard work starts now’ after Cambridge win

Scott Harrison (left) and Brad Walker who scored for Hartlepool United during their 2-1 home victory over Cambridge United Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison (left) and Brad Walker who scored for Hartlepool United during their 2-1 home victory over Cambridge United Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore has warned his Hartlepool United side the hard work starts NOW after they climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time in five months.

Brad Walker’s header and Scott Harrison’s first ever professional goal secured a 2-1 win over Cambridge United at Victoria Park to seal a fourth consecutive win.

Victory pushed Pools up to 22nd, with Moore’s side now a point above the bottom two of Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town.

Moore hailed the incredible effort of his players but today warned them they haven’t achieved anything yet.

And with a tough Easter weekend of fixtures to come against play-off contenders Newport County and Southend United, Moore has warned against complacency.

“We are third bottom now and our season starts here,” Moore told SportMail.

Scott Harrison celebrates scoring the winner for Hartlepool against Cambridge

Scott Harrison celebrates scoring the winner for Hartlepool against Cambridge

“Obviously, if someone said a month ago we would be where we are now, there’s no way in the world we would think that could happen.

“But it is because of what we have done, not what others have done.

“If we keep doing our part and keep at it then we don’t need any help off the other teams.

“We don’t have to come off asking how others go on because it is in our own hands.

“It becomes an expectation now, but at one stage it wasn’t and it was about asking if we can do it or if we were capable of it?

“Now we have come out of the bottom two the expectation is can we go on?

“We start now, the hard work starts now because we’ve not achieved anything yet.

“But to get out of the situation of being nine points adrift is a remarkable achievement from each and every one of them, to be fair.

“We are on the front foot now, no doubt about it, with

four wins on the trot which is a great achievement,” added Moore.

Walker’s first-half header gave Pools the lead before Matt Harrold equalised from a tight angle as the sides went into the break level.

Victory was sealed by Harrison’s first ever goal, producing a fine volley from a Jonathan Franks corner.

It capped a remarkable turnaround at the club in the space of just four games.

The win also dragged 19th placed Cambridge back into the relegation dogfight, with the Us now just five points ahead of Pools after one win in 16.

Having been nine points adrift at one stage, Pools now find themselves a point ahead of the bottom two with seven more league matches to play.

There was wild scenes of celebration once referee Andy Haines had finally blown his whistle following eight minutes of added-on time.

A delighted and relieved Moore said the performance and result again shows how far his side has come in a short space of time.

Moore added: “It’s a fantastic result again and the joy at the end was there to see.

“All praise to the lads, they have chased and harried and we have earned the results that have gone for us.”