Another defensive horror show has given Ronnie Moore a major headache - with Hartlepool United’s first choice defence now set to start against Dunston.
Moore was planning to give his first team Wednesday night off against the Northern league outfit but the worrying nature of the 5-3 defeat to Gateshead changed his mind.
It looks like they are playing as three individuals at the moment, working on their own jobs rather than as a team.Ronnie Moore
Worried Moore described his side’s defending as “laughable” in the aftermath.
Centre backs Dan Jones, Scott Harrison and Harry Worley will now be given more game time, with Moore keen to persist with the 3-5-2 system ahead of the League Two campaign.
Wing backs Carl Magnay and Jake Carroll could also feature as Moore looks to stamp out the errors that have seen nine goals conceded in two games.
“We have two weeks and two friendlies to put it right, through a lot of hard work,” a concerned Moore told SportMail.
“The back three will play against Dunston, we can’t let that go on.
“We need to get out and do it right, the best way to achieve that is through playing games, rather than in training.
“It was going to be the kids that were playing Dunston before the Gateshead match kicked off.
“But after that performance I will have a good look at it and it may be the same team now.
“It will certainly be a lot of them that played against Gateshead after that display.”
Rakish Bingham scored twice in the first half against Heed at the International Stadium but defensive errors from the Pools backline saw the sides go in 2-2 at the break.
Bingham completed his hat-trick shortly after the re-start before three more defensive mistakes allowed Heed in to seal the win.
Moore added: “It looks like they are playing as three individuals at the moment, working on their own jobs rather than as a team.
“That will come through hard work on the training ground.
“I was hoping we’d come through pre-season without conceding too many goals and we have come to Gateshead and conceded five.
“You don’t want to be losing games but at 3-2 we had a couple of chances to kill the game off.
“Then we were so lacklustre at the back.
“It was entertaining for the fans but it is the last thing you want as a manager.
“Their manager won’t be too happy with their goals but I always felt there was goals in us.
“We were so vulnerable though with just one ball, some of the goals are laughable.
“It is a good job it is not too serious at this present time.”
Unwell Carroll wasn’t involved against Gateshead, with triallist Alex Whittle at left wing-back.
A hard week on the training ground beckons, with Moore worried about the lack of form from his back three - especially last year’s player of the season Harrison.
Moore added: “We are still waiting for Scott to come to the fore, he is lacking a bit of confidence and the back three are struggling for form.
“But we have to keep working on it, there is no doubt about that.”