Hartlepool United boss calls on players to thrive on pressure

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

DESPITE Hartlepool United being just a point above the relegation zone with four games to go, Ronnie Moore has called on his players to thrive on the pressure, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

Pools have worked wonders to claw themselves out of the bottom two after spending five months staring the drop in the face.

Why are you nervous? Go out and enjoy it

Ronnie Moore

But they are now without a win in three games and Moore admits this is the stage of the season where people start to panic.

Moore, though, believes his side should relish the pressure cooker that is staying in the Football League, ahead of the visit of Accrington Stanley tonight.

Defeat at York City left Moore feeling frustrated with his side’s inability to penetrate the Minstermen’s defence.

But thanks to defeats for Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town, Pools remain the right side of the dotted line.

Five points separates Pools from the sides above but Mansfield Town are falling like a stone and Moore believes the fight has been narrowed down to four sides.

“We have four games left and we still have a lifeline,” Moore told SportMail.

“That is the big thing.

“It is so nerve-racking because the games are going by quickly and everybody is panicking.

“Teams that we could have caught, if we’d won at York, now have a little five point gap so all of a sudden with four games to go, there is a gap there.

“I think it then narrows it down to four teams, that is what it is about now.

“It is nerve-racking but you have to be able to cope with that.

“Why are you nervous? Go out and enjoy it.”

Pools dominated the play after York had Dave Winfield sent off just before half-time but they were unable to turn the possession into clear cut chances.

It frustrated Moore, whose side was backed by more than 2,000 travelling supporters.

He added: “The fans want it as much as I want it and that is the disappointing thing, that for all the possession we didn’t score.

“We didn’t penetrate enough.