Hartlepool United v Exeter City: Paul Tisdale plays the beautiful way says Ronnie Moore

Tom Nichols (right) takes on Liverpool's Jose Enrique
Tom Nichols (right) takes on Liverpool's Jose Enrique
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Battle, beauty, battle. That has been the taste of Hartlepool United’s last three League Two fixtures.

Pools fought off Wycombe and won 1-0 and were unlucky to not repeat that result at Cambridge last Saturday.

It will be football, passing the ball. The manager plays the right way


Ronnie Moore’s side more than matched the U’s but were pegged back by a late home equaliser.

But in between the two physical tests, Pools were outplayed at Accrington.

Exeter are going to be very much in the same vein as Stanley – they will be playing football at Victoria Park, or certainly trying to.

The Grecians are concentrating on the league after their FA Cup exploits.

They followed their third-round exit at Anfield with a 2-1 win over Accrington, who had just run rings around Pools. Paul Tisdale’s team have also just won at Leyton Orient, 3-1, so they are in sparkling form and are just a few points from the play-offs.

“Exeter had a good result last weekend beating Accrington,” acknowledged Moore.

“We know they’ll come here to play – it won’t be big balls into sthe box.

“It will be football, passing the ball. The manager plays the right way.”

Moore joked that Exeter’s leading scorer, 12-goal Tom Nichols, might not be about to cause Pools problems, with a number of clubs believed to be circling St James Park.

“Tom Nichols is a danger, maybe he will have gone by the time the game comes along!” he laughed.

“Jayden Stockley is alongside him and he’s a good player.I tried to get him here, but he’s a southern lad and wanted to stay down there.”