Hartlepool United v Notts County: McLeod and Stead are as good as they come

Jon Stead
Jon Stead

Don’t be fooled by Notts County’s League Two placing.

So says Ronnie Moore ahead of the Boxing Day visit of the Magpies to Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).

They have a massive squad and given some of the talent they have, the manager must be pulling his hair out


Moore believes County are in something of a false position in 15th in the table.

Boss Ricardo Moniz is minus the talented Liam Noble in the midfield after the former Sunderland player was sent off at Wycombe recently.

But the Dutch manager has a dangerous strikeforce in the much-travelled Izale McLeod and the ex-Sunderland forward, Jon Stead.

“If you look at their two strikers, Stead and McLeod, they are as good as anything at this level,” said Moore.

“If Notts County get on top and get balls in the box, those players are going to be a threat.”

Moore would die for the sort of squad, budget and wage structure Moniz has at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies shelled out £100,000 for McLeod from Crawley Town in the summer and brought in Stead from Huddersfield Town on a two-year contract.

Notts County have had some good results but have not won away in League Two since the opening Saturday of the season.

In fact, Pools bost a better record on the road than the Magpies who have picked up seven points from a possible 33.

“We’ve had County watched and we know they are a big, big club,” said Moore.

“They have a massive squad and given some of the talent they have, the manager must be pulling his hair out.

“They are so inconsistent.

“But if they are firing, then they are a dangerous team.”

But Moore, as always, believes it is how his side performs that matters most.

And he hopes that any luck on offer at the Vic does not go against his team.

“We have to perform as we did on Saturday,” said Moore.

“We were so unlucky, there were two nailed-on pens and there should have been two red cards.

“The first one, the lad may as well have had a pair of gloves on and I don’t believe how the ref can say he has not seen it.

“The referee was 10 yards away, how can he miss that?

“The other one, if he has given the pen the offender has to go, not just a yellow card.

“It’s sod’s law then that he’s the lad that gets the winner.”