RONNIE Moore wants his Hartlepool United squad to be more “professional” – by taking a yellow card for the team when the need arises.
Pools have recently lost what could turn out to be crucial points in the 1-0 defeats to Bury and Burton Albion after the opposition were allowed a run from the half-way line towards goal.
Both occasions resulted in narrow defeats for a Pools side scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the Football League.
After both incidents, Moore was left frustrated one of his players didn’t commit a foul – and risk a booking.
In the latest, the defeat to table-topping Burton at Victoria Park, Stuart Beavon was allowed a free run in the 88th minute before playing in Florent Cuvelier for the winner.
Moore – who admits it has been a tough week on the training ground lifting the player’s morale after the late blow – wants his side to be more cute in matches.
With just 11 games to go, basement side Pools cannot allow to drop too many more points.
Moore said: “When you consider how we played against Burton at their place [a 4-0 defeat], to lose the way we did last week was hard to take.
“That is a lack of professionalism.
“You trip him up and take the yellow card, the team can re-set and then we come off with the clean sheet.
“We need to be more professional in that sense.
“I’m not saying go around kicking and pulling everybody but there are times to do it and that was the ideal time.
“But if they learn from it then fine.
“The players had given a lot, it was a horrible game and the ball was in the air more than on the ground.
“It was the same for both sides of course but it was a knife in the gut to concede so late in the game,” added Moore, ahead of today’s trip to Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two.
He admits the toughest part of his job at the moment is to continue to lift the spirits of his Pools squad, the side having lost four out of the last five league matches.
Ahead of the trip to the Globe Arena, Pools are eight points from safety with less than two months of the season to go.
“The hardest part of the job is lifting the players,” added Moore.
“I said to them a point wouldn’t have been enough against Burton, we need wins.
“But for their own confidence, morale and pride, a point against a top of the table side would have been great.
“I was gutted for them.
“I don’t think we did enough to win it but neither did they.”
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