Hartlepool United boss hopes to add two players to squad

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during the game against Wycombe Wanderers.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during the game against Wycombe Wanderers.

RONNIE Moore hailed the performances of his three new signings as he looks to add two more loan signings this week.

The Pools boss started all three loanees Scott Harrison, Aaron Tshibola and Rakish Bingham, in the 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

The defeat, the club’s 16th in Sky Bet League Two this campaign, saw the gap to safety increase to 10 points with Pools desperate for further reinforcements.

Moore is today continuing the search before Cheltenham Town visit on Saturday but he has confirmed to SportMail it is likely to be loan signings.

Moore said: “If we can add two more then it keeps us in with that fighting chance and something to work on.

“They will nearly all be loans at this present moment in time.

“Unless there is something that makes us think ‘hey’.

“I think nearly every club is looking to loan rather than make a commitment and buy people.

“We have pace up front, what we need now is another striker to go up there or a winger with more pace.

“To be fair, we had some really hot irons in the fire last week and ended up with nowt.

“We keep going though and there are a lot of Under-21 games tonight which the staff will all be out at.”

One of those will see Middlesbrough’s Under-21s take on Stoke City Under-21s in the league cup at Victoria Park tonight (KO 7pm).

Moore, who is working hard to boost the squad,

added: “We have a list as long as your arm but the position we are in doesn’t help.

“There isn’t much we can do about that but we do need that little spark.

“You won’t get an experienced striker who can score one in two – that won’t happen.

“So we have to be wise and look at what is about and what can benefit us.”

Moore was knocked back by five players last week as he looks to re-shape his squad but he was able to bring in Sunderland defender Harrison for a second loan spell of the season.

Harrison has been training with Pools for the past fortnight before completing his loan deal until the end of the season.

He slotted in at the back alongside Dan Jones, while Reading midfielder Tshibola – who has signed for a month – impressed in central midfield as did Mansfield Town’s Bingham up front.

Bingham has signed until the end of the season but there is a recall clause after a month.

He impressed with his pace and energy and went close to grabbing an equaliser in the 89th minute, his header hitting the post.

Moore said: “They all contributed in their own way.

“Tish was a bit casual at times, which you find when they come out of Under-21 football.

“But it won’t take him long once he has settled.

“He has a bit of everything and I think the supporters will like him.

“I have no doubt Bingham will score at this level, the more games he plays.

“Scott Harrison was on tablets and had the flu, he had been in a right mess but won things and dominated the play.

“I think you could see signs that with them young lads there is no fear.

“All three will be good for the club.”