RONNIE Moore has praised the impact Marlon Harewood made from the subs bench in what is expected to have been his last game for the club.
The experienced 35-year-old, set to leave when the retained list is announced, produced arguably his best performance in a Pools shirt, helping to inspire a comeback against Carlisle United.
Marlons’ strength made the differenceRonnie Moore
Going into half-time, Pools were down and out, trailing 3-0.
Moore took Scott Fenwick off, who was nursing a sore knee, and turned to the former West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa striker to bolster his attack.
And Harewood produced an outstanding display.
He was involved in all three goals, laying the ball off to teammates and showing some nice touches around the penalty area, with the Carlisle defence shell-shocked.
They couldn’t cope with his strength and he played a key role in Jordan Hugill’s double and Michael Duckworth’s wonder strike.
Moore said: “At half-time we said a few home truths and they came out and we changed it and Maz’s strength against the inexperienced lads [at the back] made the difference.
“Fenwick and Hugill gave it away for fun and that was causing problems for us.
“Scott’s knee is sore, we didn’t want to risk anything, and it worked with Maz bossing the front line.
“He’s not done it enough, he will say he’s not had the opportunities.
“But he’s big and strong and that’s been his career.
“He used to have legs and be quick and he’s had a fantastic career and when we needed him, he produced.
“You don’t want the season to end on a big defeat and now all anyone will remember is the comeback.”
Harewood joined Pools in January last year, when former manager Colin Cooper brought him to the club. In 55 games for Pools, he has scored six goals.
The burly frontman alluded on Twitter in the run up to the game at Brunton Park that it was set to be his last appearance for the club.
When Moore was asked whether it was a good way for Harewood to go out, he told SportMail: “Yeah, I think so.
“But some of these players have crystal balls, don’t they, if they are announcing they’ve left when nothing is decided yet!
“I suppose it is common sense, at the end of the day, but since I’ve been here, he’s not been an ounce of trouble.
“He has been a model professional who has gone about his work without moaning and he’s come on and enjoyed it against Carlisle.
“He got his celebration at the end with the crowd.”
- richard mennear