HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore joked he may need to hire a psychiatrist to cure his players nerves after an edgy encounter at Victoria Park.
Pools were struck by nerves in the first half against Accrington Stanley, with Moore’s young side rattled by a non-stop Stanley side.
The hosts never settled until the half-time whistle came and Moore was able to make some key changes.
Moore puts it down to his players not being used to being in a position of safety in Sky Bet League Two.
But he has called on them to start dealing with it FAST.
Moore admitted: “I think we probably need a psychiatrist with one or two of them!
“I know why they are nervous though, it is because we haven’t been in this position for most of the season.
“They are used to being in the bottom two and it is a different kind of pressure being outside that.
“We have a lot of young kids here too.
“I have said to them just enjoy it, get on the ball and pass it.
“The nerves should be for the manager and the coaching staff, not the players – I am the one worried to death on the touchline!
“The crowd helped us, both Scott Fenwick and Jordan Hugill got stuck in and the referee made one or two iffy decisions.
“I thought there was going to be a red card at some point, luckily there wasn’t.
“But let’s not talk about the ref!
“At least the two lads up top got the crowd going.
“We had the best chance in the game late on but couldn’t take it. Scott Flinders had to make a wonderful save too.
“But we are gutted not to have nicked it late on though.”