Sunderland striker could be set for Hartlepool return

Hartlepool United's Adam Jackson scores an own goal during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Portsmouth and Hartlepool United at Fratton Park
Hartlepool United's Adam Jackson scores an own goal during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Portsmouth and Hartlepool United at Fratton Park

Ronnie Moore will give himself plenty of time to ponder any changes ahead of tomorrow night’s FA Cup replay with Salford City.

The Hartlepool United boss was unhappy with the size of his side’s defeat at Portsmouth, where they conceded two goals in each half.

But there was no lack of effort from the team or any really poor individual displays so Moore’s options for change could be limited.

Moore said sub Mikael Mandron’s display as a 75th-minute sub has given him some food for thought.

After suggesting it was time for the 23-year-old to grow up after his performance in the FA Cup at Salford eight days earlier, the on-loan Sunderland forward looked much more effective at Fratton Park, albeit in a brief appearance.

“He put himself about and looked a lot better than he did against Salford,” said Moore.

“We’ll have a look at how we’re going to play, what system we want to use and go over the DVD from Saturday.

“Then we’ll focus on the cup tie and doing what we need to do.”

While Pools were being out-played on the south coast, Salford had the luxury of a Saturday off after their Northern Premier Division match against Whitby Town was off for a waterlogged pitch.

“They have had a day off and we’ve had to do a lot of running,” shrugged Moore.