Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore blasts his Pools side after Crawley defeat

Scott Harrison is sent off for Hartlepool United
Scott Harrison is sent off for Hartlepool United

Ronnie Moore has blasted the performance of his Hartlepool United players after the Crawley Town defeat.

Pools were beaten 2-1 at Victoria Park, with Scott Harrison sent off after referee Mark Heywood deemed he had handled the ball on the line.

It appeared harsh at the time and replays showed it hit his shoulder as he was turning away from the ball as it was fired in towards him.

Moore though was more angry with the performance of his players, especially after a dreadful opening 45 minutes with Brad Walker and Jake Carroll hauled off at half-time.

Moore said: "We were awful first-half, as bad as Hartlepool have been in years. We got out of jail to come in at 0-0.

"It’s disappointing, massively disappointing. We have given a side below us 45 minutes start and how we got in at 0-0 was a miracle.

“It’s more annoying for me that a set of footballers can put a performance in like that for 45 minutes.

"We are the home team – we have some great talkers, but not many do it."

Simon Walton scored from the penalty spot following Harrison's red card before Rhys Murphy made it 2-0, Billy Paynter then nodded in a late consolation.

Reflecting on the decision to send Harrison off, Moore added: "The referee was very quick to give it and having seen it, it’s debatable if it was a penalty.

"Very harsh and it’s changed the game.

“One ball goes between the centre-backs, a great save and a penalty.

“I don’t understand how he can give it – Scotty turns his back and it hits the top of his shoulder, but we shouldn’t be put in that position.

"We work hard with the back four and get caught sloppily, not knowing they were in on us."