MOORE MAGIC PUSHES POOLS
FOR the first time since October, Hartlepool United are off the bottom of the Football League.
Four wins in a row – the latest against Cambridge United yesterday – mean Pools have jumped over Cheltenham and Tranmere.
And with the momentum generated by boss Ronnie Moore there is a real belief they can remain there.
Pools looked down and out a month ago, they have been bottom for so long they were in danger of taking root in 24th spot and the Conference beckoned.
Instead, Moore’s charisma and spark has rubbed off on a group of players who looked lost and leaderless for so long.
Momentum goes a long way in football and Pools now have it in spades.
And now, Moore is asking if the other teams can now handle the pressure of being in the relegation fight after Pools were written off by many.
“It’s been fantastic, the joy at the end is good but we’ve not achieved anything yet,’’ said Moore.
“We are out of the bottom two and it looked three weeks ago like it wouldn’t happen.
“All praise to the lads, they’ve chased and harried and we have earned the results that have gone for us.”
Pools had their biggest crowd of the season inside Victoria Park, with over 5,000 in attendance after the club reduced ticket prices to £10.
And Moore added: “The crowd came to the fore at the end, it’s so nerve-wracking.
“We are off the bottom, it’s a great lift.We don’t want to go back in there – and I will enjoy my pint tonight.’’
Brad Walker netted Pools’ winner the previous week and he got them ahead this time.
The midfielder latched onto a loose clearance and deftly lifted a header over goalkeeper Chris Dunn from eight yards. But then Pools sat off and allowed The U’s back into the game.
With only one win in 14 games, Richard Money’s side almost drew level as a shot from Liam Hughes cracked off the post.
But they did restore parity as striker Matt Harrold had a shot stopped by Scott Flinders, and he squeezed a second effort low under the Pools keeper from an angle.
Pools found a winner from an unlikely source – centre-half Scott Harrison.
For his first goal in professional football, he thumped a fine volley into the net from the edge of the penalty area and Pools were out of the bottom two.
U’s boss Money said afterwards: “We played against a fiercely committed group who have turned a corner, they are on a good run and have found some momentum.
“We found it very difficult to cope with. The team who deserved to win the game won it. We were second best.
“We are still fighting for points and we still need some to make sure we are absolutely safe.
“Friday’s the next opportunity to get them and we will do everything to get over the line as soon as possible.”
GREAT SCOTT: Hartlepool United’s Scott Harrison is mobbed after he scoring his side’s winner, inset