Match reaction: Hartlepool United 0 Cambridge United 0 - Ronnie Moore happy bad run is over

Returning Pools striker Billy Paynter looks to give Cambridge problems today
Returning Pools striker Billy Paynter looks to give Cambridge problems today

Ronnie Moore today gave his side a pat on the back after Hartlepool United ended their run of four League Two defeats.

Pools had the better of the mid-table confrontation with Cambridge but could not find the back of the away net.

Nicky Featherstone had a ‘goal’ chalked off for offside in the first half with keeper Chris Dunn saving from Rakish Bingham and Brad Halliday while Michael Woods fluffed a great opening.

Pools had the better of the second half as well, with Bingham unable to take advantage of three opportunities.

“We know we should have had more – we were the better side by a mile,” said Moore.

“They had one chance may be? One free header.

“We had five or six and disappointing we couldn’t win it.”

Cambridge had one or two openings, the best when their skipper, Mark Roberts, inadvertently blocked a shot from Leon Legge.

But, other than that bit of luck, the Pools rearguard of keeper Adam Bartlett, on-loan duo Brad Halliday and Andrew Boyce, and Scott Harrison and Jake Carroll coped well.

“I thought our defence was immense,” said Moore.

“They are supposed to be a footballing side now apparently and our two centre-halves have been outstanding today.

“Hopefully we have the wedge put in and we can now move on.”

Moore revealed in his post-match media conference that he hoped to reach a deal with Scunthorpe on Monday to keep Boyce for a further month.

The boss also said that Halliday could get a longer run in the side after first-choice right-back Michael Duckworth aggravated his hamstring problem.