DELIGHTED Ronnie Moore has hailed his emotional Hartlepool United players after they beat Morecambe 1-0 away to close the gap to safety.
A first-half own goal from Andy Parrish secured a morale-boosting win over Jim Bentley’s Shrimps side to cut the points difference to six points.
Moore, who reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, for the trip to the Globe Arena, praised his side’s effort, determination and commitment.
He revealed Scott Harrison was close to tears following the much-needed three points, only their third away win all season.
“It was a fantastic performance, to be fair,” said Moore.
“It was hard - but we knew it was going to be hard coming here.
I was saying how well they’ve done afterwards and Scotty said he felt a bit emotional, that he wanted to cry.Ronnie Moore, Pools manager
“We were the better team though, we knew they would come at us second-half but we earned the win.
“We got some important blocks in.
“I was saying how well they’ve done afterwards and Scotty said he felt a bit emotional, that he wanted to cry.
“A big centre half - brave as hell - that is what it meant!”
Pools defended with their lives at times, with the back three of David Mirfin, Harrison and Dan Jones all outstanding.
Moore added: “They have been 3-5-2 all season but because they had a lad sent off and had a lad injured they went 4-4-2 so your plans go up in the air a little.
“But we stuck at it, and I thought we cut them out a little bit.
“The players we have, it suits us.
“We had that little bit of luck but you need it.”