Stand-in boss dedicates Hartlepool win to Ronnie Moore

Scott Harrison makes a tackle for Pools
Scott Harrison makes a tackle for Pools

Sam Collins dedicated Hartlepool United’s Capital One Cup upset to boss Ronnie Moore and his family.

Moore missed last night’s game after his after daughter fell ill on holiday.

To come away to a League One side and do that was brilliant.

The Pools manager flew out to Spain to be with Charlotte and wife Ange.

Collins took charge last night at Highbury and could well hold on to the reins for Saturday’s League Two trip to York City should Moore remain with his family.

“We’ll wait and see,” said Moore’s right-hand-man after watching Billy Paynter head Pools into tomorrow night’s second round draw.

“Hopefully, Charlotte will be feeling a lot better. It’s not been a nice few days for them so that win was for Ronnie and all his family.

“We’re thinking of him, his wife and daughter and all the family. We obviously have another game coming up, but we’ll have to see how Charlotte is. Hopefully she’s feeling a lot better.”

The cup victory at the fancied League One side was well-deserved.

Keeper Adam Bartlett made some great saves in the last 15 minutes, but Pools had three glorious chances through Rakish Bingham, Scott Fenwick and Michael Woods to have won by an even bigger margin.

“We always felt comfortable,” said Collins. “We spoke to the players about trying to keep our shape a bit more after Saturday and the lads stuck to the game-plan.

“We knew we’d come under pressure at some point, but until the last 10 minutes or so I thought we dealt with Fleetwood very well.

“We could have scored three or four ourselves and I thought we were outstanding.”

Moore and Collins decided to retain the same 4-3-3 unit with Paynter, Bingham and Fenwick as a three-pronged strike force and it worked a treat.

“We played a brave formation by playing the 4-3-3,” added big Sam. “To come away to a League One side and do that was brilliant and we’re especially pleased by how hard the three lads worked up front for the team.”