Reaction: Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore hails players after 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

HARTLEPOOL United manager Ronnie Moore believes other sides fighting relegation will now have a “panic on” following his side’s 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle.

Pools closed the gap to safety to seven points thanks to a brace from Jonathan Franks and a Scott Fenwick strike.

Moore hailed his players after the performance for the “massive” win, which meant back-to-back home wins for Pools in Sky Bet League Two.

“This was a massive win,” said Moore.

“We were good first half and it was always going to be a right game and we were hanging on at the end.

“But I’ve got to praise them for their effort, commitment and attitude.

“We went in front, it’s not often we’ve been in the lead.

“But then we conceded a sloppy goal, got in front again and then had massive fortune with the penalty they didn’t get.

“The dressing room was a bit upset because of other results but don’t worry about other results because other teams will see our result and have a panic on.”

Pools took the lead in the 8th minute through Franks’ close range finish before Ryan Brunt equalised for the visitors.

Further goals from Franks and Fenwick made it 3-1 before sub Olly Lee scored a late second for Argyle.

Argyle boss John Sheridan was left angry with his sides performance.

Sheridan, who is close friends with Moore, said: “It’s very disappointing.

“You just can’t give goals away like that – it’s ridiculous and changed the game.

“We changed formation to go 4-4-2 and put Brunt up top to give us more attacking options.

“First half and there was nothing between the teams.

“We gave a poor goal away and were on the back foot, then got one back.

“I’ve told the players in the dressing room what I thought but I won’t name names.”