Hartlepool boss wants more nous from players

Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins
Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins

Ronnie Moore hopes to see Hartlepool United translate promise into points as they prepare for their third Victoria Park game in a row.

After digging out what appeared an unlikely victory in extra-time of their FA Cup replay over Salford City, Pools made a huge step forward against Plymouth Argyle.

It was better than Tuesday, miles better, there was no way we deserved to lose it.

Unfortunately for Moore, Pools and over 3,000 home fans at the Vic, it was not reflected in the scoreline.

The home side conceded a last-gasp goal to the promotion-chasers, who nicked it 2-1, just minutes after Scott Fenwick had seemingly grabbed a hard-earned point for his team from the penalty spot.

Next up for Pools is a clash with Notts County on Saturday – a victory is crucial after slipping one place to 21st in the League Two table.

“We need that same spirit against Notts County but hopefully a bit more nous and may be create one or two more chances,” said Moore.

“But it’s down to us, there is only us who can change it.

“It’s down to us to show that attitude, commitment and organisation again.”

Moore will be looking to bring in new talent when the transfer window re-opens next month.

And on top of his priority list is a striker - no side in League Two has scored fewer goals.

But until he can find a goal-scorer he said it’s vital the side must carry on in the same battling vein and try to grind out results.

“It was better than Tuesday, miles better, there was no way we deserved to lose it,” he said.

“I’m not saying it was Real Madrid, but If we play and perform, like that, show that spirit and character, it will hopefully start to fall for us.

“One or two of the side are not quite showing their true form, but, overall, we deserved something and I’m gutted for them.

“We lost it because we could not manage the game out.

“We gave away the ball from a throw-in, our throw-in, and two square balls caught us out and it ends up in the back of our net.

“It was soul destroying.

“I could not fault the lads for graft, determination and passion.

“We shot ourselves in the foot, again, when we needed to hang on in there and see it out.

“You can’t make mistakes like that in those areas.

“There are a lot of inexperienced lads but the players have to learn and learn quickly.”

Moore believes there was little to choose between the two teams at the Vic - Pools who ended the day 21st and a Plymouth outfit who finished it in first.

“They are top of the league, but what was the difference between the sides?” he said

“I don’t think there was a great deal in it.

“It’s probably just a goalscorer, someone to stick the ball in the net.

Moore feels Pools were worthy of at least a point and finds it frustrating his team are bottom of the draw table with just two out of 21.

“We can’t seem to get a draw for love nor money,” he commented..

“It’s either win or lose, and too many are falling on the wrong side.”

But he could not condemn his side for wanting a winner at 1-1.

“It’s a tricky one, are you being brave for trying to win it? Or do you say ‘let’s settle for a point which will move us in the right direction’?” he added.