Ronnie Moore says he is desperate to give Hartlepool United’s fans “something to sing about”.
The Pools faithful gave evidence of their support, if any were needed, when the FA Cup tickets went on sale on Wednesday, the allocation of 350 going in a flash.
I think if there was another 1,000 on sale they would have gone as well.
Moore said that the club could have sold another thousand for Friday’s second round trip to Salford City.
“The tickets sold out straight away, which is unbelievable,” said the manager.
“Our supporters are fantastic.
“I think if there was another 1,000 on sale they would have gone as well.
“It’s a game on BBC as well yet the response has been brilliant.
“What we have to do now is make sure, as a team and a group, we respond and give them something to sing about.”
Pools were at home today against promotion favourites, Oxford United.
Given the long run without a home win, Moore was full of praise for the way the fans have stayed loyal the side.
“To be fair to the crowd, they have stuck with it,” said Moore.
“There are always going to be one or two moaners, you can’t please everyone, and the football we’ve played at home hasn’t been fantastic.
“But the vast majority of the fans have stuck with us.
“Look at Mansfield last Saturday, we had 300-odd supporters there and they never stopped singing the whole game.
“We were poor in the second half, but they stayed right behind us.”
Moore admitted a clash with high-flying Oxford is a match which may need patience given the U’s will have a lot of the ball.
“This is a game when we might need patience, but we have to look to set the tempo,” he said.
“If we sit back then we are asking for trouble.
“We are not good enough to do that.
“What we have to do is get on the front foot from the first whistle.
“We have to get at them, get in behind them, get the ball wide, get people in the box and put crosses in.
“I think it will be a good game and we’ll certainly trying to win it.
“We won’t be sitting back saying ‘come at us’. You have to be a really good side to do that.”