RONNIE Moore is adamant Hartlepool United will stay up – as long as they show the same desire and commitment in their remaining six matches.
Pools raced into a 2-0 lead against Newport County after Lee Minshull headed into his own net and Jordan Hugill grabbed his first strike for the club from close range.
Give our lads the praise for the way they went about their play – this is a point gained, definitelyRONNIE MOORE
But despite then giving away their lead, with goals either side of half-time pegging Pools back, Moore saw the point against promotion chasing County as one gained, rather than two lost.
The draw keeps Moore’s side third bottom – a point ahead of Tranmere Rovers and two above Cheltenham Town.
A relieved Moore praised his players afterwards and admitted he would have taken a point before kick-off.
Moore told SportMail: “Give our lads the praise for the way they went about their play – this is a point gained, definitely.
“Yes, we were 2-0 up, but it was against a side that is flying and gunning for promotion.
“If somebody had said to me beforehand, ‘don’t go to Newport and we’ll give you a point’ - I’d have taken it.
“Newport are a big, strong side.
“I thought we were on the back foot for the first 10 minutes but after that we settled down and some of our movement was brilliant.
“We are still in there fighting and this is another game gone and we now have just six games left.
“If we fight and perform like that, then we will be just fine.”
Hartlepool’s favourite son, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, was watching the action unfold from the stands.
And Moore said it shows just how far his side have come that they were disappointed not to grab all three points.
He added: “Newport are in the play-offs and we are disappointed not to have won the game!
“It shows how far we have come.
“The goals either side of half-time were disappointing because we were too deep and had a mad 10 minutes.
“Their second, in particular, we were all over the place and we went from being reasonably safe to then hanging on.
“But after that, I couldn’t fault the players and we really defended well.”