Boss Moore searches for cure to Pools’ homesickness

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore
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Ronnie Moore and his players are going back to the drawing board in a bid to cure their worrying home form once and for all.

Hartlepool United haven’t won at Victoria Park in Sky Bet League Two since August, with Moore admitting he is at a loss to explain why.

Pools took all three points against Morecambe and Newport County but have failed to beat Carlisle United, Cambridge, Bristol Rovers, Luton Town, Barnet and Crawley Town since.

It has seen Moore’s side drop to 19th despite a promising start of three-straight wins.

Pools travel to AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

But with back-to-back home games to come against Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup and Leyton Orient live on Sky Sports, Moore knows they must cure their homesickness fast.

When asked about the poor home form, Moore said: “I have no idea, it is not like there is 40,000 people here to frighten the life out of them.

“The people that come here are genuine, loyal supporters who want to see a bit of graft and determination.

“If I’d paid £20 to watch that [against Crawley Town] I’d be screaming and bawling.

“You have to give the things they expect from a player, if you’re having a bad game it doesn’t stop you running about.

“Closing people down and harrying and chasing and getting the crowd going.

“It was so laboured and laid back, there was no spark.”

One of the few players to come out of the Crawley defeat with any credit was Rhys Oates.

He also struggled to pinpoint the reasons behind Pools’ form but he insisted the squad isn’t feeling the pressure of playing in front of their home fans.

Pools have picked up more wins away from home and Oates is looking for win number four against 12th-placed Dons on Saturday.

Oates added: “I’m not sure why we are struggling at home.

“I don’t think it is the pressure of the fans or anything like that, it is silly mistakes we are making as a team.

“Once we cut them out we will start to win games.

“I wouldn’t say playing away to Wimbledon is an advantage, they will be playing at home and will be confident.

“But I feel if we get at them from the first minute, rather than having to come in at half-time still lucky to be in the game, then hopefully we will do well.”