Unhappy Ronnie Moore demands more “hunger” from his fringe Hartlepool players

Marlon Harewood
Marlon Harewood

UNIMPRESSED Ronnie Moore has demanded his fringe players do more if they want to return to the Hartlepool United first team.

Sam Collins named a strong line-up for the reserve’s 1-1 midweek draw with Rotherham United, with Marlon Harewood, Marvin Morgan, Jack Compton, Stuart Parnaby and Tommy Miller all starting the game at Bedford Terrace.

There was one or two who didn’t really want to play, they will be no good to me.

Ronnie Moore

The game was played in a gale force wind and even hailstone at one stage, which had an affect on the quality of the game.

But Moore questioned whether some of them even wanted to be playing for the reserves.

The 62-year-old said they need to show more hunger if they want to return to the first team picture.

Harewood, playing up front alongside on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Morgan, scored for Collins’ side.

The 35-year-old has been named on the bench in recent weeks as the first team has won four straight matches to climb out of the relegation zone but there has been no place in the matchday squad for Morgan and Compton during the recent winning streak.

Moore told SportMail: “The fringe players will have to work and perform a lot better than they did for the reserves [against Rotherham] if they want to get back into the first team.

“There was one or two who didn’t really want to play, they will be no good to me.

“I need people who are hungry and chomping at the bit and want to play.

“If you don’t want to play for the reserves and can’t be bothered running about then you ain’t going to be knocking on my door.

“It is easy for me to then say ‘same again’ to the first team lads.”

Parnaby only managed six minutes against the Millers. He was subbed after suffering a shin injury after a heavy challenge early on as he makes his way back to fitness. It was initially thought the 32-year-old former Middlesbrough defender was out for the season after surgery on his patella tendon injury back in November, ruling him out for nine months.

Meanwhile, Moore has confirmed that trialists Jassem Sukar, from Sunderland, and Bolton midfielder Chris Lester are no longer training with Pools or form part of his plans going forward.

The pair both played in the recent reserve game against Scunthorpe United.

Sukar, from Hartlepool, is out of contract in the summer at the Stadium of Light but Moore is not looking to bring him to the Sky Bet League Two side on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, Lester had been spending time on trial from Bolton but didn’t do enough to impress Moore.

The 20-year-old midfielder, from Salford, has represented Northern Ireland U21s.