Ronnie Moore loves the romance of the FA Cup – but insists the prospect of a televised trip to Salford City will not be a distraction.
Hartlepool United have been drawn away to Salford City in the Emirates-sponsored world-famous club competition.
It’s at their ground and the interest with the Man United connection. Some will make them as favouritesRONNIE MOORE
It is, without doubt, one of the ties of the second round as an out-of-sorts Pools visit the Northern Premier League outfit who caused one of the shocks of round one by beating Notts County in front of the BBC TV cameras.
This tie, scheduled for the weekend of December 4-7, is almost certain to be picked for television coverage. It would be a shock if it wasn’t. But this match is more than just non-league battlers against a low League Two team.
Salford City are on the lips of most football fans given they are part-owned by Manchester United heroes Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes and have been featured in a BBC TV documentary.
“It’s not a distraction for me or the players I don’t think,” said Moore.
“We were all made up with the draw, it’s a good chance to be on the telly and it’s great exposure for the players and club.
“But before then there are some important games to think about, starting with Orient on Sunday.”
Moore admitted he had a premonition Pools would be the next opposition for the Reds.
“Salford is one of those things you get a feel for in advance,” he said. “ If it’s not a TV game then I don’t know what is, but there’s tough games ahead before it.
“It’s a fantastic draw for both clubs, they will feel they can beat us because of our form right now.
“It’s at their ground and the interest with the Man United connection. Some will make them as favourites.
“The whole nation will be against us, that’s for sure and they will all want them to beat us.
“We just have to go there and play in the manner we can play.
“We show them total respect, what they have done is fantastic and they were very good against Notts County – we have to make sure we aren’t one of those League clubs who go out.
“It’s the wonder of the FA Cup and what can happen – we know how tough it is, but we can’t go there and show any fear.
“We are the league club, we have to impose ourselves on the game.
“Anything less than 100 per cent and we will get found out and get beaten.”