Fresh belief that Hartlepool can beat the drop

BELIEF: Ronnie Moore on his return to Tranmare
BELIEF: Ronnie Moore on his return to Tranmare

RONNIE Moore says the performance against Tranmere Rovers has to give his players the “belief” that they CAN fight relegation.

It was a much improved display and Pools fully deserved the point they came away with and should have had all three.

Moore, although disappointed not to win on his old stomping ground, said it is a point gained.

And he believes it shows they have what it takes to get out of trouble this season.

It is going to be a tough ask though, with 27 games gone in Sky Bet League Two, Pools have just 18 points to their name and are nine away from safety.

Moore said: “It was a point gained.

“I am disappointed though because I thought we had the better chances and were the better team on the day.

“But if we keep playing like that we will be OK.

“That performance has to give us the belief and if we play like that more times than not, then we will win more than we lose.

“That will benefit us but it would have been nice to win and get the gap [to safety] down.

“There are still enough games but we have to start scoring goals.”

Moore lined his side up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Matthew Bates in a holding midfield role and Scott Fenwick and Jonathan Franks supporting Rakish Bingham.

The Pools boss was pleased to see his side keep possession, something he has been critical of since taking charge at the club.

Moore said: “They have gone out and performed and I was very pleased with how we kept the ball.

“The lads at the back and in midfield kept it and the movement was good.

“We can’t just live on that game though – we have to do the same against Plymouth this weekend.

“If we keep creating those chances then sooner or later they will go in.

“It was good to start creating because there have been very few opportunities recently.

“I am pleased with that but the players are starting to take it on board.”

Bates has been in and out of the side since Moore took charge but he was pleased with his performance in the holding role.

“Batesy did well in that central holding position,” added Moore.

“I look at him and he has decent feet, decent ability and that may be a little niche for him, sat in the holding role.”