Hartlepool United v Derby County: Pools boss Ronnie Moore praying Pools can beat the weather

Kal Naismith: returned to Pompey
Kal Naismith: returned to Pompey

Ronnie Moore is praying the rain stops and Hartlepool United can finally get back onto the field.

Pools face Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday – providing the weather does not intervene,

Kal’s gone back to Portsmouth to try to get back in their team


Moore is hopeful the plum tie can go ahead, saying: “Our pitch holds the water quite well to be fair, although the Boxing Day game was postponed.

“I was on it on Tuesday and there’s water on the surface, but it all depends on what the next 48 hours brings.

“It does drain well, but a heavy downpour would put the game in doubt, there’s no doubt about that.”

Moore told his media conference today of his disappointment that Kal Naismith would not be staying on at the Vic.

The winger joined from Portsmouth in November and had impressed in his four-match stay.

Moore was hoping to keep him until the end of the season, following the success in agreeing similar deals with Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough for Jake Gray and Adam Jackson.

“Kal’s gone back to Portsmouth to try to get back in their team,” said Moore.

“We would have loved him to stay, because he’s a quality player and there’s more to come from him.”