Ronnie Moore rues Hartlepool United’s missed opportunities

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

Ronnie Moore could not believe Hartlepool United missed “the two best chances” of the FA Cup second-round match at Salford City.

With the tie delicately-poised at 1-1, Pools had glorious second-half chances at Moor Lane for Rakish Bingham and Scott Fenwick.

We are having trouble scoring, there is no doubt about it. But if you can’t score, you ain’t going to win too many games.

Sub Bingham headed wide from four yards from Carl Magnay’s nod back while Fenwick, restored to the starting line-up, miss-timed his diving header from Rhys Oates great cross.

“The chance Bings had was one straight off the training ground,” said Moore.

“It was a great free-kick from Jake Gray which Maggers had headed back from the far post and it was one to put in the net. But if Bings had 10 goals behind him, he’d have put it in.

“The one Scotty’s had has hit him on his back and bounced away.

“It seemed as if he was going to head it in, I’m not sure what’s happened there, it looked impossible not to score.

“We are having trouble scoring, there is no doubt about it. But if you can’t score, you ain’t going to win too many games.

“It didn’t happen for us, but we are still in the cup and when we play them at home we need to make sure we show them how we can play.”

Moore was frustrated Pools made the perfect opening through Rhys Oates’ eighth-minute penalty, only to then switch off.

“The start was what we needed – a platform to go on,” he explained.

“The problem we had – and I’m not giving them an excuse – was that it was hard to control the ball and pass it.

“It was hard to get the ball to the big man [Mikael Mandron] so when you can’t do that you have to get the ball into the right areas.

“We couldn’t get in behind their defence.

“We were second best at the second balls.

“But we had a pop at them at half-time and we were better in the second half, I just don’t know how the lads missed those chances.

“They were golden opportunities, probably the best two chances of the match.”