Ronnie Moore has appealed to fans to show patience with striker Mikael Mandron, writes Roy Kelly.
The loan signing netted his first goal since his move to Pools from Sunderland in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay win over Salford City at Victoria Park.
People shout and scream this that and the other, but they have to understand the kid has hardly played league football.
Mandron volleyed past Jay Lynch in the Salford goal in the dying seconds after being set up by fellow sub Brad Walker’s delicious lobbed cross.
The 23-year-old looked suitably elated to break his Pools duck in his sixth appearance and Moore hopes it will be the first of many for the Frenchman.
But Moore explained that while Mandron has come from a Premier League club, Under-21 football is a world away from the blood and snot League Two and FA Cup action.
“He’s a young kid and he’s still learning,” said Moore. “The supporters have to appreciate that.
“People shout and scream this that and the other, but they have to understand the kid has hardly played league football.
“It’s the same as Jake Gray, who’s come to us from Crystal Palace.
“It takes time to adapt from that ridiculous under 21 football.
“They (the top clubs) waste millions on that, in my view.
“The young players learn nothing, they don’t learn how to be a footballer.
“It does my head in that lads have to come down to this level (from the Premier League and Championship) to learn football.
“Tish (Aaron Tshibola) is possibly an exception but even he struggled a little at one point when he got tired.
“The players are not used to men’s football. Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday? It’s a shock to the system, it shouldn’t be, but it is.
“They play pretty football in the Under 21s, you have hit, then we’ll have it, no one heads it, no one tackles. It’s crazy football.”