Northampton Town v Hartlepool United: Ronnie Moore wants Pools to turn up at Sixfields

Ronnie Moore.  Picture by FRANK REID
Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore accepts Hartlepool United have their work cut out at in-form Northampton Town tomorrow – but insists if Pools ‘turn up’ they have every chance at Sixfields.

Moore is an admirer of the Cobblers and their boss, Chris Wilder.

I think if we ‘turn up’ and play to the best of our ability then we’ll give them a game


Northampton are unbeaten in five matches and are just two points off the play-off spots.

“They are a strong side.” said Moore.

“I know the manager and his assistant really well.

“It is going to be another tough game.

“Chris has got a lot of strength and strength in depth.

“I know Scott Cresswell,I had him when I was manager at Rotherham so know all about him.

“Evan Horwood’s there,though not in the side at the moment, they have Marc Richards up front and Sam, Hoskins, who are good players.

“It’s a tough game, but where are the easy games?

“I think it’s about what we do. As I’ve said before, in League Two you can win four as easily as you can lose four.

“I think the division is going to be wide open, there is no stand-out team where you think ‘we are going to be in trouble here?’.

“I think if we ‘turn up’ and play to the best of our ability then we’ll give them a game.”

Moore wants the same sort of positive football Pools produced against Luton – but without the lapses in concentration.

“To have 17 shots and lose 4-1 was disappointing,” he said.

“I thought the performance was excellent. It’s the only time in the first half I only had three lines of notes, normally it’s a notebook full when I go in at half-time.

“That is how well I thought we’d played in the first half.

“But at the moment every little mistake we make is costing us. We’ve got to try to weather the storm.”