Hartlepool boss frustrated by set-piece goal

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore wanted goals from set-pieces. But the header from Fraser Franks was not quite what he was looking for.

The Hartlepool United boss told SportMail last week that he wanted goals from dead-ball situations.

But Pools conceded from a corner at Stevenage in first-half injury time and then at the end of the second half, they leaked number two via a route-one Boro goal.

“We’re disappointed in the defeat and the manner of it,” said Moore. “It wasn’t as if they were cutting us open.

“It was self-inflicted.

“We work all week on set-plays and the benefit of set-plays and we concede one on half-time.

“You have to be disciplined to make sure no-one gets away from you, you need to get your body in the way.

“We didn’t, they scored from it and it gives them a lift going into half-time. It’s a game changer and we have to start chasing the match.

“In the last 20 we really pushed them, should have had a penalty, had a couple of little half-chances but we didn’t take them.

“Then we get done by an alehouse ball over the top.”