Hartlepool to keep faith with away day blueprint ahead of Northampton trip

Rhys Oates in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID
Rhys Oates in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore isn’t about to rip up his 4-3-3 blueprint away from home as Hartlepool United look to get back to winning ways.

Pools head to Northampton Town on Saturday looking to get back on track in Sky Bet League Two after back-to-back defeats on home soil.

Moore opted for a new-look midfield in the defeat to Luton Town and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

But he is planning on keeping faith with his favoured 4-3-3 system against the Cobblers in a bid to kick-start Pools’ season, with the club 17th.

It could see young Connor Smith drop out of the side despite impressing on the right wing against the Hatters, with Billy Paynter, Rakish Bingham and Rhys Oates in the forward roles.

Moore told SportMail: “4-3-3, I think, is a decent system away from home because we have pace and can counter attack.

“At home when you have to take the game to teams, you probably need two widemen and to be more solid.

“I don’t think we could have played much better in the first half against Luton, we gave away a sloppy goal chasing the game.

“Then we had chances to be leading at the break.

“There was so much good positivity going round the ground at half-time, and you can understand why fans were moaning at the end because if I’d paid the money and seen that defensive display you wouldn’t be happy.”

Moore will also remain patient with misfiring striker Bingham who has been struggling for goals, having failed to notch since the opening day of the season.

The 21-year-old is set to lead the line again at Northampton Town alongside Paynter and Oates.

“I have played up top and know what it is like,” reflected ex-striker Moore.

“I had two and a half years at Cardiff and scored six goals in 56 games.

“Then I moved to Rotherham and got 50-odd goals in two seasons doing nothing different.

“Sooner or later it will happen, it is how long you wait.

“That is the thing, as a manager, you have to decide when it is right.

“If you do it too early we lose the player.”