Hartlepool United boss Moore ready to get ruthless

Jake Carroll tries to play a pass for Hartlepool in Saturday's defeat to Crawley
Jake Carroll tries to play a pass for Hartlepool in Saturday's defeat to Crawley
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Ronnie Moore is to become more ruthless after warning his under-performing Hartlepool United squad they are not “bullet proof”.

The Pools boss was angry after the defeat to Crawley Town and believes he has been “too loyal” to some of his players so far this campaign.

But that is set to change ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon, with Moore adamant some first teamers have had more than enough chances.

Moore hauled Brad Walker and Jake Carroll off at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Crawley but he admitted afterwards it could have been anyone.

“Not one of them can say I’ve not been loyal – I’ve been too loyal to some of them,” Moore said.

“Seven points would have been a great week for us, ending the week with Crawley at home but what makes them perform?

“It was unacceptable from professional footballers.

“We can’t make too many changes and one or two think they are bullet proof.

“But if I have to make changes then I will do it and not one of them can look me in the eyes and say they’ve not had a chance.”

The 2015-16 campaign has been a marked improvement on last year’s season-long battle against relegation.

But the inconsistent nature of results and performances has left Moore calling for his side to do the basics better.

He has called on Pools to show more “effort, commitment and desire” from the start against 12th- placed Dons this weekend.

Pools’ first half showing against Crawley, in particular, had left Moore fuming.

His mood not helped by a controversial penalty awarded against Scott Harrison, the ex-Sunderland centre-back was deemed to have handled on the line and was shown a straight red.

Replays showed the ball hit Harrison on the top of his shoulder as he was turning away from the ball.

But Pools won’t be appealing the decision to the Football Association and Harrison will now sit out the trip to London.

Ex-Pools midfielder Simon Walton scored from the spot as Crawley went on to secure a 2-1 victory, leaving Pools 19th in Sky Bet League Two.

Moore added: “The first 45 minutes for me, as professional footballers, were a disgrace.

“The crowd want to see effort, commitment and desire.

“I pick that team and think why? Some players have to have a look at themselves as well.

“I said at half-time that two were coming off but if I’d had the choice I would have put eight on.

“We were desperate for half-time to come and then of course a big, big decision changes the game.”