RONNIE Moore is targeting four straight wins after seeing his rejuvenated Hartlepool United side go within a point of safety.
Brad Walker’s 47th minute penalty sealed a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town, which, coupled with defeats for Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town sealed a dramatic turnaround.
A fortnight ago, Pools were eight points adrift with Moore saying his side had ‘11 cup finals’ to ensure safety.
Realistically they would have to win seven of them and Moore couldn’t have asked for a better start – winning three on the spin with three clean sheets too.
Moore today hailed his “tremendous” players and urged them to make it four when Cambridge United visit this weekend – something they haven’t managed since October 2013.
“Winning four on the bounce – it’s a nice thought, isn’t it?” said Moore.
“All we can do is take it one at a time but we are at home, hopefully with another big crowd in with a similar response.
“We have closed the gap, we normally give hope and take it away again, but I have nothing but praise for the way the players have done their job.
“The fans stayed with us, they were loyal and they want it as much as anyone.
“No one wants to go out of the league and if we fight like this, we will get all the support we need.
“We have another home game to come – can we get greedy now?
“We could come off the bottom of the league on Saturday, which would be fantastic.
“We have to enjoy the win this week and then have a battle against Cambridge, where we will have to man up for sure against a tough side.”
Moore said the only disappointment against Mansfield was that his players didn’t show enough composure in front of goal to make it a more comfortable afternoon.
The visitors went down to 10 men after Junior Brown was dismissed for a late, high boot into the face of Walker.
It didn’t nullify their attacking threat though as Adam Murray kept four up front.
Moore added: “Credit to them as they went down to ten men and went to 3-2-4!
“If we got a second then we may have won four or five. We didn’t and it is always a worry.
“We had to be more composed when we shot, that was disappointing, but it is another clean sheet and it’s been a fantastic week for us overall.
“We do our part and others will falter.
“They are starting to feel the pressure now. It’s fantastic for the club to be in this situation.”
Pools were dealt a blow midway through the first half, Scott Harrison, who has been the star defender in recent weeks, was taken off after a heavy blow to his head. He had tried to carry on but clearly wasn’t well enough to continue and was subbed.
Harrison is expected to be fit for the visit of Cambridge United, though.
Moore added: “Scotty came off after a whack on the nose and he was a bit dizzy so we can’t take any chances.”