RONNIE Moore doesn’t care how his Hartlepool United side win matches – as long as they keep picking up three points.
The football has been far from free flowing in recent weeks.
But four wins on the trot have seen Pools close a nine point gap to safety in the space of a fortnight.
Attractive football was again at a premium at Victoria Park against Cambridge United, but Moore doesn’t care as long as his side keep on winning.
The gale-force winds blowing in off the North Sea didn’t help, with both sides struggling to build any momentum in the game.
But Pools came out on top – after eight minutes of added-on time – thanks to another display full of passion, commitment and grit.
It’s not pretty at the moment but it’s a case of being strongRonnie Moore
“The ball had to go for a paracetamol after being booted up in the air all game – it needed to recover in a bucket of ice afterwards,” joked a delighted Moore.
“It’s not pretty at the moment but it is about being cute and strong.
“At this level you can win five and lose five just as easy, there’s nothing between the teams, so you have to scrap.
“Our performance was terrific in terms of fighting and scrapping and it wasn’t the best day for football – [the conditions] were unreal to be fair.”
The largest crowd of the season turned out at Victoria Park to witness the seventh win on home soil this campaign.
A cut-price ticket offer from owners IOR again proved a success with supporters, with more than 5,000 watching the win.
And Moore thanked them for their efforts – especially once the added-on time was announced.
Moore added: “The crowd came to the fore at the end.
“It is so nerve-racking and it’s five past five when we finish games these days!
“We asked for a big crowd and got it.
“Where we were – seven and nine points short – and we were still getting 3,500 here.
“They want to stay in the league, we all do, we need it next season and now we have given ourselves a hell of a chance.”