Hartlepool United boss contemplates changing system ahead of Portsmouth clash

New Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during the game against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
New Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore during the game against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore is considering tinkering with his system at Hartlepool United after his Deadline Day signings.

Moore, who has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award, believes 3-5-2 is a formation which could suit his Pools side in their fight for survival this season.

The Pools boss has opted for a 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks and performances have improved with wins over Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle and a point away to Tranmere Rovers.

But with Plymouth striker Marvin Morgan and defender David Mirfin arriving on loan deals on Deadline Day, Moore now has more options open to him.

No-nonsense Mirfin, 29, signed on a month-long loan from Scunthorpe United and could line up alongside Scott Harrison and Dan Jones in a back three for Pools.

The manager admits he now has options and “food for thought” ahead of a busy fixture period especially after pacy striker Rakish Bingham was recalled by Mansfield Town.

Moore, who named an unchanged side at the weekend, told SportMail: “The current system is not a bad one for us, it is working well.

“You don’t want to look at the system as being defensive and it is certainly not because we had three strikers playing up front, two of them scored and Bings [Bingham] had opportunities.

“But bringing in another centre half also gives me the opportunity to maybe change the system again and could go three at the back and go 3-5-2.

“I think our full backs like to attack and the wing-backs system would suit that.

“Having Matthew [Bates] in the holding midfield roles gives the others freedom to bomb forward.

“He knows the game and sits in there.

“We had Matthew in there as security to pick one of their lads up but he got on the ball a lot and I was pleased for him.

“The same players deserved to play again and they worked really hard.

“We are creating chances, for a side bottom of the league.

“I don’t think we should be there but we are there because we haven’t been good


“At least now they all seem to know their roles.

“All I asked was for the work rate to increase and they have done that.

“We are trying to play as well and use the extra man in midfield.

“There is definitely food for thought though.”

Harrison, who has made his loan move to Pools a permanent one, is 21 while his defensive partner Jones is just 20.

Moore was desperate to add some more experience to his back-line and said Mirfin knows the division “inside out” having played a big part in Scunthorpe’s promotion from League Two last season.

* Meanwhile, former Hartlepool United youth Greg Rutherford signed for Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic on transfer deadline day.

Rutherford left Pools in October last year, moving to Dover Athletic on a short term contract playing in the Vanarama Conference League.