Moore: Hartlepool United facing 15 cup finals to save season

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

RONNIE Moore believes his struggling Hartlepool United side are facing “15 cup finals” to save their season.

Pools travel to Bury tomorrow in Sky Bet League Two looking to bridge a seven-point gap to safety but with just 15 league games left, Moore knows time is running out.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Moore said: “Manager’s speak about having 14 or 15 cup finals and it is the same for us.

“Sooner or later we are going to run out of games.

“We have to make sure we go to Bury and not go gung-ho and attacking and lose by five or six but play at a tempo and be professional in our approach to the game.

“We have not won away since I have been here but it is a difficult place to go.

“We haven’t created too much away from home, it is just tiny little margins, being organised and having the players to play the system we want to play.

“Bury have some fantastic players and are a threat up front, going forward in wide areas.”

Moore has injury concerns over in-form striker Scott Fenwick, who has been playing through the pain barrier with an ankle injury, Matthew Bates, who is set to miss out with a dead leg, while Tommy Miller is still working his way back to fitness after a calf injury.

“We are just waiting on Scott, his ankle is sore,” added Moore.

“As a security we will get it scanned and see what the outcome is.

“Batesy is the same, he has a dead leg and normally they only last a week.

“Sometimes they can be severe, Batesy won’t be ready for the weekend.

“Tommy was pulled out of the reserves as Buster wants to work him more and hopefully he will return to training on Monday.”