Hartlepool United boss praises mentality of pair

Ronnie Moore.
Ronnie Moore.
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IMPRESSED Ronnie Moore has hailed the “winning mentality” that Rakish Bingham and Aaron Tshibola have brought to Hartlepool United.

Pools are nine points adrift at the bottom of the Football League but performances have improved in recent weeks and Moore believes Tshibola and Mansfield Town striker Bingham have helped raise standards at the club.

The pair joined on loan at the start of January, with Pools confirming the deal for Reading midfielder Tshibola has been extended until the end of the season.

Moore has been impressed with the pair and has praised their attitude since joining the fight for survival.

“I think since Tish has come in we have improved him,” said Moore.

“His physique says he can play at this level, you get some midfielders who are 5ft 5in or 5ft 6in and come into league football.

“At U21 level it is pass, pass, pass but here people close you down and you have to be physically strong enough for that.

“He has that in abundance and is very good on the ball.

“Him and Rakish have the right mentality - they have been brought up in the right way and have a winning attitude.

“A few players at this club haven’t had that.”

Tshibola, 20, was keen to stay and turned down another League Two club to remain at Pools for the rest of the campaign.

Mansfield Town striker Bingham, meanwhile, was already signed up until the end of the season but there is a recall clause inserted once the first month of the 21-year-old’s deal is up.

Sunderland defender Scott Harrison was Moore’s third loan signing since taking charge and he believes all three have helped improve the atmosphere at the club and training ground.

With Monday’s January Transfer Window deadline fast approaching, the manager is desperate to add two more faces to his squad.

But his efforts have proved fruitless so far with just the three loan signings arriving.

Moore, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s match with Plymouth Argyle at Victoria Park, added: “The three lads that have come in have certainly made us better and improved the atmosphere around the place.

“I just hope Bings can go on and get some more goals but we haven’t been playing to his strengths yet.

“He really needs to be playing with a big lad up top and to put balls in behind for his pace.

“I’m sure the goals will come for him.

“Certainly the three have brightened the place up and I will try and bring two more in before the deadline.”