JONATHAN Franks admits ‘Ronnie’s Rockets’ have had the desired affect in getting a reaction out of the players.
Since coming in as the Hartlepool United manager, Ronnie Moore has singled out several of the Pools first team for criticism.
The full-backs, wingers and strikers have all been in the firing line but since then Moore has seen an upturn in performances despite the gap to safety remaining nine points.
Franks is in no doubt that the words from the manager ringing in their ears has had an impact.
“The manager has singled out a few players but he knows they are good players,” Franks told SportMail.
“It is perhaps just a side of the game that the manager thinks they need to work on.
“But it does get a reaction out of you.
“He has a pop at everybody but he does praise you when you do something right.
“That is the right way to do it.”
Pools go into tomorrow’s home match with Plymouth Argyle looking to build on the point gained away to Tranmere Rovers last weekend.
It was a game Pools were unlucky not to win, having dominated the chances created.
Franks, who came up through the ranks at Middlesbrough, described it as a good draw but knows it could just have easily have been a much-needed win.
The 24-year-old told SportMail: “Performance wise it was good and if we play like that every week then we have a chance.
“Conceding one and two in quick succession has been a problem, like at Shrewsbury, and we had spoken about that in training.
“The manager has told us if you concede a goal it is not the end of the world but if you concede two then it becomes a problem.
“We managed to keep it at one at Tranmere and kept attacking and got our reward with the goal.
“It was another good finish from Scott [Fenwick], the keeper was close so he had to go high, which is what he did.
“It was a strikers’ goal and that is why he is in the team.”
The next challenge facing Pools is tomorrow’s visit of Plymouth Argyle, who are 10th in Sky Bet League Two, four points shy of a play-off spot.
With Pools at home, Franks knows the onus is on Moore’s side to take the game to Argyle in front of their home supporters.
“It is a home game and we are expecting to win,” added Franks.
“They like to play football as well, which might suit us.
“They haven’t won in a few games and we are at home so it is another good chance to get a win.
“But the onus is on us and we need another performance like the one against Cheltenham.
“After that we lost the next game so we need some consistency, with a few games unbeaten and some wins along the way.”