RONNIE Moore believes Hartlepool United’s recent revival has a lot to do with the leaders in his dressing room finally finding their voice.
Pools are now five games unbeaten following the 2-2 draw with Newport County on Good Friday as they go into the final six league games of the season.
Currently third-bottom, having closed a nine-point gap to safety, the momentum is with Pools are they battle against the drop.
Moore was initially critical of the lack of characters when he first arrived.
But he says the atmosphere is more buoyant inside the camp – now that the players are talking to each other.
“We didn’t have the characters when I came into the club,” Moore said ahead of today’s Victoria Park clash with promotion-chasing Southend.
“I’m not too sure there are that many now, but they are at least more vocal.
“When I first walked in, you could hear a pin drop it was so quiet and no wonder the music was on loud, they couldn’t talk to each other.
“That was the first two weeks.
“But now there is a lot with an opinion and they probably think they are the manager!
“They are having a pop and not afraid to do it, which is good.”
Pools’ draw at Newport saw them reach the 40-point barrier, a point above Tranmere and three above basement side Cheltenham.
Moore knows his side are still scrapping for their lives but he is pleased with the way his side has performed against the “top” teams.
He added: “We could have got a point against Burton a few weeks back, which would have seen us a point better off, but we lost against them with the last kick of the game.
“We performed well against them though and did well against Newport.
“Southend will be similar, although they will probably play a bit more football.
“It is another big test for us.”
Pools have again slashed admission prices for today, with adult prices £12 (seating) and £10 (standing), while concessions are £6 and £5.