Moore at a loss to ex­plain vic­tory

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

TWO weeks ago, Hartle­pool United headed home from the West Coun­try won­der­ing how they had lost at Ex­eter.

This time they re­turned to the north east equally be­wil­dered – but this time af­ter vic­tory.

An in­sipid game at Yeovil ended in an away win thanks to a late tap-in from sub­sti­tute Brad Walker.

And boss Ron­nie Moore ad­mit­ted:“That’s prob­a­bly as bad as a team per­for­mance I think this sea­son – yet we win. I said last week it would be nice to come off one day play­ing poor and win­ning.

“The pass­ing wasn’t there, we lacked drive and a draw was prob­a­bly the fair re­sult, but we will take the win no doubt about it.’’

The first in­ci­dent saw Pools take the lead when Jake Car­roll’s free-kick from the right found its way into the net. Car­roll felt it was his, striker Scott Fen­wick claimed it, so too did de­fender An­drew Boyce.

The lead lasted only five min­utes as Ryan Bird, who spent a month on loan at Pools last sea­son, turned in from close range.

Matty Dolan, another for­mer Pools player in the Glovers’ ranks, went close with a low teas­ing free­kick which goal­keeper Adam Bartlett pushed away. Then Jake How­ells, on loan from Lu­ton, turned a close-range vol­let into the side net­ting.

De­fender Scott Har­ri­son, at the other end, headed over a Michael Woods cor­ner, but Pools won it thanks to two sub­sti­tutes com­bin­ing.

Nicky Feather­stone picked out Ku­dos Oyenuga on the left of the penalty area and his shot screwed across goal but into the path of fel­low re­place­ment Walker to net his first of the sea­son.

It was Pools’ first win since Au­gust 18 – a run of five league games.

Moore added:“We drew last week which ended the los­ing streak. Now we have two home games to come and it’s pleas­ing to grind out a re­sult with­out play­ing well.

“I think we could be sat here with 18 points, I re­ally do, be­cause we should have taken some­thing from games we didn’t.

“Then here when we aren’t at it we come away with three points. Paul Stur­rock will prob­a­bly be sat there won­der­ing how he lost it, but I’ve felt the same this sea­son.’’

Stur­rock ad­mit­ted:“It’s been a real kick in the teeth to lose this one like that to a late goal.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to a few more play­ers com­ing back from in­jury that will give me an edge and com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“Here it wasn’t what we de­served – noth­ing. There’s been lots of times I’ve come into speak af­ter the games when we de­served noth­ing – but this wasn’t one of them.’’

STAR MAN JAKE HOWEL

LS Yeovil

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