MOORE KEEPS TA­BLES TURNED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Gil­lott

AMADCAP ten min­utes may have cost his side the win but Hartle­pool boss Ron­nie Moore says he won’t be los­ing sleep about the league ta­ble over Easter.

Goals from on-loan Pre­ston man Jor­dan Hugill and a Lee Min­shull own goal had put Pools in con­trol be­fore the Ex­iles roared back with strikes from Dar­ren Jones and Aaron O’Con­nor ei­ther side of half-time.

That meant Pools missed out on their chance to make it five wins on the bounce – but Moore be­lieves his Jonathan Franksin­spired side can be proud of their ef­forts.

“New­port are in the play-offs and we are dis­ap­pointed we didn’t win the game, I think that shows how much we have im­proved,” Moore said.

“You’ve got to re­mem­ber who we are play­ing against. They’ve scored just be­fore the in­ter­val and the crowd has got be­hind them – and we had a mad ten min­utes.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing we couldn’t sus­tain it, but we are still above that rel­e­ga­tion line and we don’t need to worry about any­one as long as we con­tinue to do our part.

“It’s the first time for a long time I have come off the pitch af­ter a game and I haven’t even felt like I needed to look at the other scores and the ta­ble.

“In the first half we were play­ing the balls in the right ar­eas and look­ing to get in­side the cen­tre­backs and Jonathan Franks looked like a con­stant threat.

“He might have had a hat-trick on an­other day, but we re­ally needed to come in at 2-0 at half­time and would have de­served to do so.

“But I can’t be dis­ap­pointed with a draw even though we were 2-0 up.”

Led by Franks, Pools took the lead from a freak own goal by Min­shull fol­low­ing Michael Duck­worth’s teas­ing cross.

And when Hugill bun­dled home af­ter Franks had hit the bar, the vis­i­tors were well and truly in cruise con­trol.

How­ever, a thun­der­bolt from de­fender Jones gave New­port heart be­fore O’Con­nor stroked home his 11th of the cam­paign three min­utes af­ter the restart.

It was a credit to the away side that they rode the storm with wave af­ter wave of New­port attack, though it was Scott Flinders to the res­cue when he saved Is­mail Yakubu’s point-blank header.

The Ex­iles couldn’t quite make it the per­fect come­back with an­other goal but Jimmy Dack in­sists his side are learn­ing to cope with the play-off pres­sure af­ter their fine re­cov­ery.

“This is a stress­ful time in the sea­son for all clubs,” he said.

“Get­ting that win is harder than ever and, at 2-0 down, I am sure peo­ple feared for us a lit­tle bit af­ter that.

“But the char­ac­ter the whole team showed was ab­so­lutely im­mense, they never, ever stopped work­ing.

“We were in a bad sit­u­a­tion and never gave up and they are a credit to this club, the way they battle.

“I am ac­tu­ally over the moon with a point.We cer­tainly look at it as a point gained even though in the sec­ond half we pinned them back.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Images

LEV­ELLER: New­port’s Aaron O’Con­nor makes it 2-2. Inset: Jor­dan Hugill scores for Pools

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