Hartlepool boss urges ‘hold your nerve’ for York City clash

Ronnie Moore during the game against Shrewsbury Town.
Ronnie Moore during the game against Shrewsbury Town.

WHOEVER holds their nerves best will come out on top in tomorrow’s crunch relegation battle against York City.

So says Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Whoever holds their nerve the best will come out on top

Ronnie Moore

Third bottom Pools take on 19th placed York at Bootham Crescent (KO 3pm) with both sides knowing a win would go a long way to securing their Football League status.

Pools have climbed out of the drop zone but go into the match against the Minstermen on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Southend United.

Not that Pools could have done much more to win the match on Easter Monday,

And Moore wants to see the same level of commitment from his players, insisting there is no “doom or gloom” going into tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash.

“It will be nice to play like Real Madrid and win but I don’t care how we do it – it is about winning,” said Moore.

“You get to the nervous end of the season now and one mistake can cost you, so players have to concentrate and do the right things.

“Whoever holds their nerve the best, will come out on top.

“They have struggled a bit at Bootham Crescent this season, but a got a win and a draw at Easter and will gain confidence from that.

“They are still within touch though, and it is going to be nerve-racking for everybody.

“Nobody is safe.”

Moore has been impressed with his troops in recent weeks, a run of four straight wins propelling Pools out of the bottom two and he has no intention or desire to drop back into the danger zone.

“The message to the players this week has been same again,” added Moore.

“If we carry on playing like we did against Southend then we will win more than we lose.

“We have five games to go and the players know what they need to do.

“There is a lot to look forward to at York with 2,000 supporters going, and if our lads can’t be right up for that then there would be something wrong!

“I can promise you they are all really looking forward to the game.

“We have done the town proud recently, the players have gone and played for the shirt.

“I don’t like saying it. because it is like the kissing the badge and all that other nonsense.

“But we have shown a lot of desire and passion these last few weeks.”

Pools came out of a tricky Easter period with a point following the 2-2 draw at Newport County on Good Friday and the Southend defeat.

Other results went their way and Pools remain a point above Tranmere Rovers and three above Cheltenham Town.

Moore added: “It was a relief to come out of Easter still out of the relegation zone, especially considering we picked up just a point.

“It could easily have been six points, it is just that little bit of luck and the harder we work, the luckier we will get.”

York manager Russ Wilcox will hope to have striker Emile Sinclair back if he can shake off a thigh problem which kept him out of their 0-0 draw at Oxford United on Easter Monday.

York City (likely): Ingham, Lowe, Winfield, McCombe, Halliday, Penn, Summerfield, Zubar, Coulson, Hyde, Coulthirst.

Subs: Mooney, McCoy, Montrose, Platt, Miller, Meikle, O’Hanlon, Sinclair.

Pools (likely): Flinders (C), Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, D Jones, Duckworth, Featherstone, Walker, Tshibola, Harewood/Hugill, Franks.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Holden, Hawkins, Miller, J Jones, Nelson-Addy, Smith, Fenwick.