REACTION: Ronnie Moore delighted with Hartlepool players after victory over Mansfield Town caps a fine week

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United boss
Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United boss

RONNIE Moore hailed his “tremendous” Hartlepool United side after they recorded their third win in a week to go within a point of safety.

Pools beat 10-man Mansfield Town 1-0 at Victoria Park to cap off an excellent week for the Sky Bet League Two side.

Victory was Pools’ third in the space of eight days, following the win over Morecambe (1-0) and Oxford United (2-0).

Moore confirmed defender Scott Harrison had taken a heavy whack to his face and was struggling to breathe properly, which is why he was taken off in the win.

Pools switched to a 4-4-2 formation and won thanks to a Brad Walker penalty two minutes into the second half.

Moore said: “It has been a great week.

“We have had two away games and a home game - to take nine points from that is fantastic and some people wouldn’t have dreamt that it could happen.

“The players have been tremendous.

“We said at the break we were like the away team, we needed more pressure and to lift the tempo.

“The wingers needed to get on the ball and run at people.

“We did that second half and Nicky Featherstone was fantastic all afternoon.

“He has come in for Woodsy and has done well for us.”

Next up for Pools is the visit of Cambridge United on Saturday at Victoria Park, a game Ryan Bird won’t be allowed to play in even if his loan deal from Cambridge is extended.

Moore confirmed the club was still confident of extending the loan.