Reaction: Delighted Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore hails turnaround after surviving the drop

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrates with assistant manager Sam Collins
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrates with assistant manager Sam Collins

RONNIE Moore says the football God’s were shining down on Hartlepool United after an “outstanding” turnaround for the club.

Pools beat Exeter City 2-1 at Victoria Park to secure their Football League status after Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers both suffered defeats.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

A delighted - and relieved Moore - was beaming as he spoke to the press afterwards.

He has helped the club turn around a 10-point gap to safety to now be four points clear of the League Two drop zone with just one game to go.

Pools cannot be caught and Moore spoke of his delight afterwards.

Moore joked: “I had a word with Father Christmas and he said it might just happen come the end of the season!

“You have to say the right things and believe and when we had a run [of four straight wins] we started to realise it was on and the problem was coming out of the bottom two.

“I asked for one massive performance and we got it with unreal support again and it’s all came out exactly how we wanted it to.

“Look what’s happened here, it’s outstanding.

“I have the same feeling as I did with back-to-back promotions with Rotherham, but this tops it.

“We will enjoy it, the players will have two or three days off and enjoy it.”

There was wild scenes of celebration at the final whistle with Pools fans streaming onto the Vic pitch.

Moore admitted it was a tense wait before confirmation their relegation rivals had been beaten.

He added: “We waited on other results, we felt it was all over, but there was time left at Cheltenham and they couldn’t manage a goal.

“It was only in the tunnel afterwards we found they were still playing, it was so nerve racking.

“But the Gods were smiling on us, it’s a tremendous achievement from everyone.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of being here and looking forward to next season.”

Meanwhile, winger Jack Compton, appears to be leaving the club in the summer.

He was restored to the starting line-up for the first time in nine matches.

Compton, signed by Colin Cooper in the summer of 2013, played his part in the win but confirmed afterwards on Twitter it would be his last game at Victoria Park for the club.

Compton tweeted: “Can’t believe we did it. And what a send off! My last game at VP. Want to thank all the players staff and fans been memorable.”