RONNIE Moore has admitted he was “dreading” going to Carlisle United this weekend needing a result to stay in the Football League.
But thanks to the dramatic victory over Exeter City, coupled with defeats for relegated Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers, Pools somehow managed to pull off the Great Escape with a game to spare.
Experienced Moore says his players can now go and enjoy the trip to Brunton Park - where they will be backed by 2,000 supporters - because the result “doesn’t mean anything”.
The Pools camp have been enjoying a few days away from the training ground at Maiden Castle, in Durham, following the celebrations at Victoria Park after the Exeter win.
Victory left them four points clear of the relegation zone with just one round of matches to go.
And Moore admits he was fearing making the trip to Cumbria if his side was still in danger of the drop.
“I was dreading going to Carlisle needing a result,” said Moore.
“We would have been biting our nails etc.
“But now we can go there with 2,000 fans behind us and just enjoy the game.
“The score doesn’t mean anything now!”
Meanwhile, Carlisle boss Keith Curle says the “culture” at his club needs to change and has called on his players to finish the season strongly in front of their home support.
And he is expecting a much improved performance from his players following their 1-0 defeat to Stevenage on Saturday.
It left them fifth bottom, five points clear of third-bottom Pools with a game to go in Sky Bet League Two.
Looking ahead to the visit of Pools, Curle said: “It’s a game of football and I want the mentality to be that it’s a game we want to win.
“You only enjoy football if you win.
“If you go out just for a kick-about and accept defeat, not caring if you win or lose, then I don’t want you in or around this football club.
“The culture needs to change at this club and that goes down to every pass we make and every blade of grass we cover.
“We need to want to be successful,” added Curle, who was speaking to the News & Star.