Moore in mes­sage to fel­low strug­glers

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

RON­NIE Moore says he’s happy for other teams to sit and worry about Hartle­pool now.

In a sea­son of des­per­ate strug­gle, Pools recorded back-to-back home wins for the first time since March last year as they saw off Ply­mouth at Vic­to­ria Park.

And, while the gap at the bot­tom of the ta­ble to safety is seven points, Moore feels the pack try­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion will start to look over their shoul­ders.

While Carlisle, Tran­mere and Da­gen­ham all won, victory was im­per­a­tive and Moore said:“The dress­ing room is a bit up­set be­cause of other re­sults, but don’t worry about other re­sults – other teams will see our re­sult and have a panic on.’’

Pools gave their best away dis­play of the cam­paign seven days ear­lier, and this time they of­fered up their finest at home.

Moore, ap­pointed in De­cem­ber, is start­ing to have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence.

“That was im­por­tant to fol­low up last week, a mas­sive win,’’ he added. “We were good in the first half and it was al­ways go­ing to be a right game and we were hang­ing on at the end.

“We went in front, it’s not of­ten we’ve been in the lead.

“It’s seven points now, a bust time to come and five from eight games are at home.We have to win at home be­cause we can adapt away from him and we have a mas­sive game at Portsmouth now.’’

Pools went ahead when Jonathan Franks fired in from 12 yards af­ter he met a low cross from Read­ing loa­nee Aaron Tshi­bola.

But Ar­gyle, who have strug­gled to score away from home, lev­elled through Ryan Brunt, who fin­ished crisply when he was al­lowed space on the edge of the area.

Reuben Reid could have put the Pil­grims ahead at the start of the sec­ond half, but was held up by goal­keeper Scott Flinders and de­fender Dan Jones af­ter a break­away.

Pools went back in front as Michael Woods carved open the de­fence on the left and squared for Franks to net his sixth of the sea­son.

And the win was sealed through Scott Fen­wick, the striker signed in Novem­ber from non-league.

Michael Duck­worth robbed Ben Pur­ring­ton and squared for Fen­wick to crack in his fourth in six starts.

Ar­gyle got one back in in­jury time through a close range Olly Lee header and were de­nied a bla­tant penalty shortly be­fore that.

Boss John Sheri­dan fumed:“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing, you just can’t give goals away like that – it’s ridicu­lous.

“I said at half-time it was about go­ing out and win­ning the game. I eat my words with the goals we gave away.We made in­di­vid­ual er­rors.”


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