Ronnie Moore targeting good cup run for Hartlepool despite ‘nightmare’ draws

Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins look on
Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins look on

Ronnie Moore is targeting a good cup run for Hartlepool United this season - despite two ‘nightmare’ draws.

League Two Pools kick off their cup adventures away to Fleetwood Town tonight in the first round of the Capital One Cup at the Highbury Stadium (KO 7.45pm).

It is a matter of going there tonight and doing our best.

Ronnie Moore

It is a tough draw against a side from the league above but Moore insists Pools will be heading to the west coast looking to progress.

The draw doesn’t get any easier in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, with Pools handed a home tie against League One favourites Sheffield United early next month.

But Moore believes that is a competition his side can do well in, with a final at Wembley the prize.
When asked how he was going to approach the cup competitions, Moore told SportMail: “We’re going to put the suits back, that’s what we are going to do! The cup draws have been a nightmare.

“We got Fleetwood in one and then Sheffield United in the JPT.

“It is a matter of going there tonight and doing our best.

“People go on about the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but I’d love a good run.

“It doesn’t come alive until the semi finals but it is Wembley at the end of the day.

“How can you refuse that chance?!

“I will play my strongest team in that competition because I want to go as far as we can in it.

“Then I might get myself a new suit!

“But we’ll have to wait and see.”

Moore will be without Trevor Carson (toe), Dan Jones (back), Jordan Richards (back) and Brad Walker (thigh) for tonight’s match at Fleetwood.

Carson has been ruled out for up to three weeks while Jones and Walker could be back for York City away on Saturday but tonight is expected to be too soon for the pair.

Richards is out for six weeks with a back injury.

Pools lined up in an attacking 4-3-3 formation in the 2-0 league win over Morecambe but Moore is expected to revert back to his favoured 3-5-2 against Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood side.

Moore added: “Matthew Bates will be okay with his knee, but the others will be missing.

“Fleetwood line up 3-5-2 so we’ll see what we do.

“Three up front worked for us on Saturday and it shows we can do it.

“We’d only had half an hour the day before on it and you could see the players need to work on it and little things will help us in training.

“Rakish Bingham finished well against Morecambe and he will be a constant threat. There will be goals in this side.

“We have to continue to be solid at the back and we have to throw bodies on the line.”

Fleetwood boss Alexander is without keeper Brendan Moore who hobbled out of a pre-season friendly with an ankle injury and looks set for a lengthy absence.

Nathan Pond shrugged off a knock to be included on the bench for their 1-1 draw with Southend United at the weekend and will be looking for a first team recall tonight.