Hartlepool United boss Moore’s left frustrated by his ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ side

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

FRUSTRATED Ronnie Moore has a lot to ponder ahead of the trip to Luton Town – with the manager admitting he doesn’t know which Pools side will turn up.

Pools have developed a ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ side to their character in recent weeks, stringing four straight wins together to get themselves out of the drop zone.

But then struggling to build on the momentum, with just two points picked up from the last four matches.

The 3-5-2 system worked wonders in March but it has stuttered in recent matches with sides closing Pools down and making it hard for them to find a way through.

Pools produced an awful opening 45 minutes against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, forcing Moore to make a double substitution at the break and revert to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation.

It reaped rewards with Marlon Harewood’s header securing a late point.

And, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Kenilworth Road, Moore admits he isn’t quite sure as to which Pools side will turn up going into matches.

Moore said: “If only I knew! Because I have no idea, at this present time.

“The two games we lost against Southend and York we could easily have won yet we struggled badly first-half against Accrington.

“We need to get into their ribs over the next couple of days and try and settle the players down because we need to try and get back to what they were doing last month.”

Moore must decide whether to stick with the more defensive 3-5-2 away from home or revert to the more attacking 4-4-2, with Jordan Hugill and Scott Fenwick leading the line.

With just three games to go in Sky Bet League Two, Pools cannot afford to drop too many more points, otherwise they will be dropping out of the league.

When asked whether he was considering changes to his system or personnel, Moore pulled no punches - even joking he would ask his pet pooch advice.

Moore told SportMail: “To be honest, I haven’t got a clue what I am going to do with them!

“We went 3-5-2 and won four on the spin and then we drew one and lost two and we had to change it again.

“Can you trust a 4-4-2 system away from home?

“I’ll have a chat with my dog and see if he can help me out on that one.”