New boss Ron takes hope from solid start

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

RON­NIE MOORE ad­mit­ted miss­ing the buzz of foot­ball man­age­ment but after re­turn­ing to the dugout with Hartle­pool United, the veteran im­me­di­ately made his mark.

He may not have been able to in­spire his new side to a rare vic­tory, but the signs were there that he can im­prove the for­tunes of the club bot­tom of the Foot­ball League.

Pools ended a run of five suc­ces­sive de­feats with a solid point against Ox­ford.

And, while there’s still some way to go, the charis­matic Moore can give Pools some much­needed hope.

Moore, con­sid­er­ing of­fer­ing a con­tract to for­mer Sh­effield United for­ward Ched Evans, who was re­leased from jail after serv­ing a sen­tence fol­low­ing a rape con­vic­tion, ad­mit­ted:“We went in front and then we had the fear fac­tor.We were good go­ing for­ward and in pos­ses­sion, but we weren’t like Real Madrid – and you aren’t go­ing to be at this level.

“We worked hard in a tight game and we needed a sec­ond goal, you could see why we are in trou­ble.We re­treated to the edge of our box, but we will work on it and get bet­ter.’

“I’ve only had a cou­ple of days with the play­ers and I can’t fault the ef­fort and the com­mit­ment and we limited them to very few chances.

“We con­ceded, but we stayed strong which was good.’’

Moore is Pools’ third per­ma­nent boss this sea­son and the club is also un­der new own­ers after a con­sor­tium called TMH 2014 took over.

But they need a mas­sive im­prove­ment to stay up.

On half-time they jumped into life and Mar­lon Hare­wood was de­nied by goal­keeper Ryan Clarke after he got in one-on-one.

Jon Franks went close, vol­ley­ing at goal from an an­gle only for Clarke to save again. Then two min­utes later they found the break­through. Sid­ney Sch­meltz curled over a lovely ball from the right into the path of Joe Ironside and the Sh­effield United loa­nee cooly fin­ished.

But the lead only lasted 12 min­utes. A well­worked move on the left saw Danny Hyl­ton – who in the first half wasted a free-header from eight yards – fin­ish well.

Pools almost won it in in­jury time, but Clarke saved from Franks.

“With a new man­ager com­ing in they had a lot more im­pe­tus about them – they worked harder,” said Ox­ford man­ager Michael Ap­ple­ton.

“But in the last 30 min­utes only one team was go­ing to win it.We huffed and puffed a lit­tle bit.

“Ron­nie Moore is a very god man­ager and he had his team stop­ping us play­ing in the first half es­pe­cially.”

STAR MAN JOE IRONSI

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