Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore has made a new defensive addition with the loan signing Luke Hendrie – but he is still looking for a central defender.
The Victoria Park chief has brought in the 21-year-old from Burnley, and he is set to make his debut at Dagenham & Redbridge in Saturday’s League Two clash.
Hendrie will feel the void at right-back left by the return of Brad Halliday to Middlesbrough following the end of his four-week loan.
The son of former Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Bradford and Leeds winger and striker John, Luke can also play in midfield, but he comes to Pools to play down the right.
Hendrie, who joined the Clarets in August from Derby County, has impressed for Burnley’s development squad and scored in a 3-1 victory over Barnsley in the U21 Premier League Cup.
Moore has watched Hendrie for both Derby and Burnley and has been impressed by what he’s seen.
With Michael Duckworth not fully fit after a hamstring problem and Jordan Richards still not completely recovered from back trouble, the loan signing will be a key man in the coming weeks.
Moore, though, will continue his pursuit of a centre-half, an experienced or vocal figure, or preferably both.
The Pools boss has been left frustrated by some of the defensive blunders which have characterised the last three matches which have all been defeats, 3-0, 4-1 and 2-1.
Moore says Pools will find it impossible to win games at the moment while they are conceding two-plus goals.
“It’s true at this present time,” he said.
“It’s not easy to score goals at this level, though other teams seem to find it easy against us.
“Look at the goals [we are conceding].
“I’d love it one day to be able to say we’ve been done by a fantastic bit of football.
“But we are being beaten by goals we really should be stopping.
“Their striker shouldn’t be on his own for the first goal [at Northampton].
“The second goal? I don’t know how the hell that has gone in. We were bullied and we shouldn’t be.”
While Moore admits individual mistakes mean there is too much pressure being put on the forward players to score, he wants those in offensive positions to put their bodies in where it hurts too.
“We have been creating chances,” he said.
“There were some quality balls put in that box.
“To get on the end of them, you need to be brave.
“If it means you get a cut, you get cut, it’s for the cause, isn’t it?”