Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth believes Ronnie Moore has turned Hartlepool United into a “solid outfit” after the troubles of last season.
After watching his side beat Pools for the eighth consecutive match, Ainsworth admitted he was relieved to see his unbeaten side come through a “tough” encounter at Adams Park.
A brace from Michael Harriman sealed the 2-1 win, with Ainsworth pleased to see his seventh different centre-half pairing in as many matches this season see off the challenge of Billy Paynter and Rakish Bingham.
“History can do one because that was a tough game, it was really a tough game,” said Ainsworth.
“There was no right to win that at all just because of previous years.
“They really are a tough side and Ronnie Moore has done a fantastic job, changing that team from where they were last season. A team in a little bit of disarray I thought last season but a solid outfit this year.
“They will beat teams, they’ve got some really good attacking options and I was worried, believe me.
“I had three players playing out of position in the back four which is tough but I felt the boys adapted really well and justified a couple of the changes that I made and, again, Garry Thompson led the line fantastically well and set the scene for everyone and I thought a deserved three points.”
Wycombe Wanderers are now six league games unbeaten, with the win lifting them to second in the League Two table. Pools dropped down to 10th.
Ainsworth added: “That first 25 minutes we really ran the game. Michael Harriman could have had four or five, not just two. I thought he took up some great positions. Tommo led the line really well, he’s going to cause problems.
“He’s above this level and that’s why we signed him.”