Hartlepool United must do better in FA Cup replay at home to Salford City – Ronnie Moore

Rhys Oates scores from the penalty spot.
Rhys Oates scores from the penalty spot.

Ronnie Moore admitted Hartlepool United are going to have to up their game if they are to reach the third round of the FA Cup.

Pools face a replay with non-league giant-killers Salford City, probably a week on Tuesday, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane.

The draw was a good result in the end.

Rhys Oates scored from the spot on his 21st-birthday to give Pools an early lead in the televised second round tie only for Steve O’Halloran to earn Salford a replay.

“We live to fight another day,” said Moore, whose side will be in the hat for Monday night’s draw.

“We are in the hat for the third round which is all that matters.

“Salford will be praying for Manchester United, we would want that too. Instead we will probably, knowing our luck, we will get someone like Carlisle away!

“They are a decent, honest side and the two lads in charge have done a great job – now we have 90 minutes to put it right at home.

“The pitch at the Vic will be a lot better – this was in their favour without doubt – and we hope to have a bit more advantage when we get to our place.

“The draw was a good result in the end.

“They had more of the ball than I would have liked and if we had carried on in the second half like we did first we would have got beaten – no doubt about it.

“At least they showed some togetherness, not enough, and I’m not papering over the cracks.

“The first half was as bad, commitment-wise, as we have been aside from Oatesy and the keeper.

“It wasn’t good enough.”

And Moore told SportMail, just because Pools are at home, it is not a given they will go through against the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division side.

Salford City have won nine of their 10 awaydays in the league and will travel to the Vic confident of still causing an upset.

“The tie’s not dead,” said the manager. “We are going to have to match their guts and desire.

“We didn’t do that in the first half but we were more like it in the second.”