RONNIE Moore is looking to conjure up a “winning formula” to solve Hartlepool United’s travel sickness as they bid to avoid the drop.
Pools are without a win away from Victoria Park since beating Exeter City in early October and have failed to keep a clean sheet away all season – stretching back 22 games.
Going into the two away games we have to be positiveRonnie Moore
With back-to-back away games against first Morecambe on Saturday and then Oxford United away the following Tuesday, Moore knows now is the time to find their form.
Defeat to Burton Albion left Pools stranded at the foot of Sky Bet League Two – eight points from safety.
Moore has been left scratching his head with the away form as he looks to combat their away day blues.
Keeping a clean sheet would be a solid foundation from which to build.
“We need two clean sheets away from home now and we’ve not had one in over a year,” Moore told SportMail.
“But let’s be positive.
“We have to lift the players up again and Morecambe will be a tough one as they won at Luton at the weekend.
“Going into the two away games we have to be positive and I have to come up with a winning formula for us to get something.
“I could go there and play nine at the back for a 0-0.
“But I believe we have enough here to play a certain way to help us away from home.”
Hope of Pools avoiding the drop had been lifted following an improvement in the home form but the away form has been a problem all season.
And the loss to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s table-topping Burton at The Vic made it four losses from the last five.
Moore knows his side need to be stringing together results now, with just 11 games left to play.
Pools have been unlucky in recent matches, an own goal and a world class free-kick sunk them at Dagenham & Redbridge while Burton won thanks to an 88th minute winner.
But Moore doesn’t believe luck evens itself out over the course of the season.
And he knows his players have to start creating their own good luck.
Moore added: “We won last week [against Wimbledon] and the gap was down to six points, then we lose the next two and it’s still only eight points.
“That’s how bad the league is and that’s what disappoints me – we can’t get down to three points to put the pressure on other teams.
“We claw it in, get something, and then let others off the hook.
“You can’t put it down to one thing – it’s just how we are right now.
“Look at the goals we conceded at Dagenham – an own goal and a worldie.
“You can’t do much about them, but you can about the one against Burton.
“When you are top of the league they go in for you, at the bottom it’s the other way.
“Don’t believe it evens itself out – no chance, not when you are down there.”
* Pools’ reserves host Gateshead at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace ground this afternoon (KO 2pm).
Tommy Miller is expected to feature in the Final Third Development League fixture as he builds his fitness levels following a long-term calf injury.