Harrison red leads to Ron­nie ram­page

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

STRAIGHT-TALK­ING Ron­nie Moore isn’t one to mince his words – and the Hartle­pool United boss la­belled his play­ers a dis­grace as they fell to an­other home de­feat.

Pools have not won at Vic­to­ria Park since Au­gust 18 – and the man­ager was fum­ing af­ter los­ing to Craw­ley Town.

It was Hartle­pool’s first-half dis­play which par­tic­u­larly irked Moore, but he was also left seething at the man­ner in which Scott Harrison was red-carded for hand­ball on the goal-line on 65 min­utes.

The cen­tre-half turned away as a shot from Gwion Ed­wards was drilled at goal, but referee Mark Haywood in­stantly dished out a red card.

Si­mon Wal­ton, a former Pools mid­fielder, put Craw­ley in front from the re­sult­ing penalty.

It was two when Rhys Mur­phy tapped in his third goal in as many games, set up by the lively Ed­wards.

Billy Payt­ner’s 80th minute header gave Pools some late hope, but they suf­fered a fourth home loss from eight out­ings this sea­son.

Moore fumed: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing, mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing.

“We have given a side be­low us a 45-minute start and how we got in at 0-0 at half-time was a mir­a­cle.

“The first 45 min­utes, for me, as pro­fes­sional foot­ballers were a dis­grace.

“It’s more an­noy­ing for me that a set of foot­ballers can put a per­for­mance in like that for 45 min­utes.

“We are the home team – we have some great talk­ers, but not many ac­tu­ally do it.”

Of the red card, he said: “Trevor Car­son makes a great save and the referee never even gave him­self time to think – straight red.

“It looks harsh and I’d like him to have an­other look at it.

“It was a pow­der-puff per­for­mance.We stand by one or two play­ers and out there I found out an­swers about cer­tain peo­ple. I won’t fall into that trap again.” The first half was con­trolled by the vis­i­tors, but they didn’t have any­thing to show for their ef­forts and had to wait un­til the red card to take the lead.

But Craw­ley boss MarkYates was sat­is­fied with the re­sult – the per­fect re­sponse to a 31 de­feat at Morecambe on Tues­day night.

He said:“I felt we were in con­trol for the ma­jor­ity of the game, we just didn’t have very good game man­age­ment in the last ten min­utes – that wasn’t our forte.

“I felt we dom­i­nated the first-half, re­ally on top and we did every­thing but score.

“We did ex­actly what we wanted to do from the off and the mes­sage at half-time was to keep go­ing and add goals.

“For the penalty, it’s a clear call as far as I’m con­cerned. The lad raised his arm on the line – as clear cut as I’ve seen.”

STAR MAN JOSH YOR­W­ERTH

Craw­ley

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