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Manager Ronnie Moore at the end of the game against Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID
Manager Ronnie Moore at the end of the game against Dagenham. Picture by FRANK REID

HERE’S a novel idea from Ronnie Moore...let the long-suffering Pools fans inside the dressing room to give a rousing pre-match pep talk.

Moore made the suggestion at his pre-match press conference, tongue in cheek (we think), but it would certainly give the players some food for thought.

We have to give them everything because we need to stay as a league club.

Ronnie Moore

He isn’t shy in coming forward is our Ronnie, so it was no surprise to see him lambast the players after the 2-0 midweek Daggers defeat.

But while the players have come in for some justifiable stick this week, Moore has been quick to note the contribution of supporters.

Twice in fact. In the immediate aftermath at Victoria Road and again at a balmy Maiden Castle yesterday.

Home crowds have averaged more than 3,000 this season despite there being no guarantee of Pools picking up a point, never mind three – at least before Moore took charge.

But away from home, supporters continue to travel in canny numbers.

Even an away trip to Dagenham & Redbridge on a Tuesday night – who arranged that fixture on the calendar?! – didn’t deter the hardcore. 123 made the 500-mile trip to see the 2-0 defeat.

Moore said: “The support at the last home game [against Wimbledon] was fantastic and we need that again, even midweek we had 123 people travel down.

“We have to give them everything because we need to stay as a league club.

“I feel like letting half a dozen of the supporters in to speak to the players and let them really feel what it is like.

“We have Buster [Ian Gallagher] and Marty [Brown] who are supporters and you see what it means to them, they are gutted as hell.

“I was gutted too and I still have that awful feeling when you lose a game.

“The support has been fantastic, when you consider some of the crap they have had to watch.

“They are desperate for us to do well and I can’t thank them enough.

“It is about what we do but we are running out of games.”

The Pools supporters are doing their bit, now it is up to the players to string together a run of results.

For everyone’s sake.

WHILE Pools may be struggling like mad on the road, there are a couple of HUGE away games coming up.

Pools, of course, end the season at Carlisle but before that Ronnie Moore’s side will be travelling to York City.

As big games go, this up there. A fiercely contested relegation clash against your nearest rivals.

No doubt it will be a sell-out and tickets are already on sale – more than a month before the match.

Pools travel to play the Minstermen on Saturday, April 11.

Tickets are on sale from the club’s ticket office and it will be all-ticket.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,200 standing tickets and 300 seating, though there are more available if required.

Don’t delay!