Hartlepool boss bemoans lack of quality

Brad Walker in action against Morecambe. Picture by FRANK REID
Brad Walker in action against Morecambe. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore was left bemoaning the lack of quality throughout his side after the home defeat to Morecambe.

The 61-year-old took charge of only his third match since taking over as Pools manager and he admitted afterwards he learned a lot about the players in his squad.

His first two matches saw Pools pick up a point at home to Oxford and a point away to Mansfield Town and Moore was looking for his first win against Morecambe.

But a mixture of poor defending combined with poor quality in the final third led to the team’s 15th defeat of the season.

Moore admitted everything that could have gone wrong did for his Hartlepool United side.

“We don’t look like we are going to score a goal,” said Moore.

“If I am a striker and I don’t shoot how am I going to score?

“We try and walk things in all the time and we are frightened to death of missing.

“It is hard when you have two young kids playing up top – they need an experienced head up there because they make similar runs.

“It was always going to be difficult for them to score but there wasn’t enough quality into the box for them.

“The final ball into the box was awful.

“If Franksy [Jonathan Franks] hits the first man every time then one of them has to say I want that ball, put it here.

“Every cross that came in, first-half, I thought they were colour blind the amount of times they gave the ball away.

“That is what frustrates you as a manager.”

Moore was also disappointed he didn’t get the response he was looking for from his players following the Boxing Day point at Mansfield.

“I learnt a lot,” said Moore.

“I was hoping to get a response having drawn the last two matches and I thought it may have been the day we get 70 or 80 minutes out of them.

“This was going to be the match we turn draws into wins and that would have been five points from the three games and would have been a nice return.

“But the players didn’t turn up.

“There was no desire or commitment and for me it was spineless.

“The crowd wants survival but do the players want it?

“I can only shift five of them, hopefully the five that come in will give us the desire and commitment needed.

“At times we were like the away side. We haven’t squeezed or pressurised them.

“Nobody wanted it.

“Everything that can go wrong in a game did go wrong for me.”