THE gutsy nature of the win over Morecambe and the emotions in the dressing room afterwards show the players do care, said Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore.
Moore was left punching the air when referee Mark Haywood finally blew the final whistle after six minutes of added-on time.
We know we can do it, the belief is there and there was some emotion in the dressing room, so at least they’ve got some heart.Ronnie Moore
Victory was the club’s first away from home since October 11 and their first clean sheet in 23 attempts away from Victoria Park.
And it was a deserved one too, with Pools showing plenty of fight and commitment. In stark contrast to some recent performances.
Moore said it proves the Pools squad have the heart needed for the relegation battle, with just 10 games to save the club’s Football League status.
Scott Harrison was close to tears in the dressing room afterwards, as Moore revealed after the match.
He said: “The three central-defenders were solid and Scott Harrison was majestic – and he has been since he signed from Sunderland.
“He headed everything away and, in the dressing room after the game when I finished talking to them all, he said he felt a bit emotional in there and wanted to cry!
“It just shows a big centre-half – brave as hell – fully committed and what it means to him.
“We know we can do it, the belief is there and there was some emotion in the dressing room, so at least they’ve got some heart.
“They’ve seen what it means to the supporters, give them something to cheer and they will back us all the way.”
Pools were backed by more than 300 travelling fans.
They sang from the very first to the very last minute and Moore thanked them for their ongoing support.
He added: “Our support was unbelievable.
“I’m not sure about the song about Tish like!
“He needs a goal before they start singing about it.
“But we’ve had great support again, signing from start to finish, we’ve got that win out of the way now and the clean sheet too.
“Now can we get two of them on the road?”
Pools travel to Oxford United tomorrow night, looking for their first back-to-back wins since February last year.
Moore made three changes to his starting line-up, with Jonathan Franks, Brad Walker and Michael Duckworth all restored.
It was Walker’s first start of 2015 and he impressed in central midfield.
He was subbed mid-way through the second half after taking a knock to his lower back.
Moore added: “Brad got a knock on his back, it was stiffening up.
“That’s why he was taken off.”