Exeter City v Hartlepool United: Ronnie Moore would be happy to see Pools grind out draw

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Ronnie Moore would be happy to see Hartlepool United grind out a draw at in-form Exeter City.

A third win in a row at St James Park could take Pools back into the top seven in League Two (kick-off 3pm).

A point is not the end of the world, they move you up the table


But, for Moore, the key stat is that Pools have failed to win in five matches.

After starting the season with a flourish with three league wins in a row, three losses have followed and Moore says a blood and snot draw would be a welcome sight.

“We have to put that wedge in the door,” he told SportMail. “We can’t get a draw at the minute and we have to learn how to see games out and how to come away with a point.

“A point is not the end of the world, they move you up the table.

“It is a learning curve, we have a lot of young kids.

“We should have seen it out against Carlisle – if we had, we wouldn’t be sat here discussing losing streaks.

“But there is no panic. We know where it is going wrong and what we need to do to put it right.”

Pools come up against an Exeter side who are feeling on top of the world after ending the 100 per cent run of Leyton Orient last Saturday, when they thumped the Londoners 4-0 at St James Park.

“Paul Tisdale has done a fantastic job,” said Moore.

“ For anyone to beat Orient 4-0, who are one of the best teams at this level, then that is a great result.

“They are one of the best sides at this level and are always a team who want to do things right.

“If we’re not right, if we step off them and let them play then we will be in trouble.”

Moore and assistant Sam Collins have stressed that Pools need to tighten up at the back.

“I’m not concerned with the form, there are games we could have won,” explained Moore,

“I am concerned with the way we are defending – once we get that right we’ll be OK.

“Attacking-wise we are fine, there has been some great movement, it’s about cutting out those little mistakes we are making at the back at the moment.”

He added: “Every little mistake we’re making at the moment is ending in the back of our net, but it won’t be like that for the rest of the season.

“We’ve got to make sure we get that centre of defence right.

“We’re back in the game at Wycombe at 1-1 and may be could have gone in front before half-time and we go and concede another sloppy goal.

“But we’ve had opportunities, the pleasing thing for me is that we’re creating chances.

“I know defending starts up front but what we’ve been working on is that defensive part. We’re letting people turn in the box, crosses are coming in too easy.

“We’re back to A-B-C stuff, defending in the right areas.”