‘I don’t mind if we are awful, just win’ says Hartlepool boss ahead of Exeter match

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

RONNIE Moore doesn’t mind how his Hartlepool United side perform against Exeter City - just win!

Pools can secure their Football League status on Saturday if they win and Cheltenham Town lose and Tranmere Rovers either draw or lose.

It would be a remarkable achievement, given Pools were recently 10 points from safety.

Pools, without a win in five Sky Bet League Two matches, are still outside of the relegation zone with two games to go.

Ahead of the visit of Exeter, Moore said: “It is disappointing in a way that we haven’t pressed on since winning four straight matches.

“We battered Southend, who are banging on the door for automatic, at York it could have gone either way.

“Accrington was a fair result and I’m fairly pleased how we played in those games without getting a result.

“Hopefully this time we can be awful and come away with a win - that’s what we need!

“Luton was disappointing and I never thought any team would beat us 3-0 again.

“It was like the bad days and I didn’t see it coming.”

Moore almost has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Michael Woods (ankle) and David Mirfin (toe) the only major injury concerns.

Matthew Bates is back fully training, while Brad Walker has overcome a slight knock.

* A young Hartlepool United reserve side will travel to Mansfield Town on Friday (KO 2pm) for the final Final Third Development League match of the season.