Hartlepool United will have to go some to end Shrewsbury’s unbeaten home run

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 knows his side will have to produce “one hell of a performance” if they are to end Shrewsbury Town’s unbeaten run at home this season.

Pools face the Shrews at fortress Greenhous Meadow tomorrow (KO 3pm), with Chelsea the only other side in England to boast an unbeaten start on home soil.

“Shrewsbury have done well but someone will get a win there at some point down the line,” Moore told SportMail.

“Nobody thinks it’s going to be us, instead thinking it will be a nice and easy game for them but hopefully it won’t be.

“I watched them last Thursday at Luton and they are a big strong side, streetwise, and they know their roles.

“We know their weakness and we can get at them.

“But it is a big one and if we come away with something it’s been a hell of a performance and we’ll try and win it.”

Pools ended a 12-match winless streak with the 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town to reduce the gap to safety to seven points and the side will be buoyed by the fact they have already beaten them once this season.

The 2-0 home win against Shrewsbury back in September is one of only four league wins Pools have managed so far.

Pools, again without a midweek match, have spent the past week on the training pitches at Maiden Castle and Moore says it has been a good opportunity to improve his players.

He said: “This has given us a chance to work with them, to work with the defenders and the strikers, working with the wingers at getting more crosses in the box.

“When you are winning, then Saturday and Tuesday is good, it’s like a snowball.

“I’ve said before at this level it’s nice and easy to win four on the trot and we know what the division is about.”

Pools welcome back Marlon Harewood after the 35-year-old completed a three-match ban following his red card away at Mansfield Town on Boxing Day.

Moore has to decide whether to stick with a winning side or make changes to counter the threat of Shrewsbury on their home turf.

He could opt to bring Matthew Bates back into the holding midfield position, with one of the wingers dropping down to the bench.

Midfielder Lewis Hawkins is also back after serving a one game ban for his red card at Wycombe Wanderers, while Tommy Miller (calf), Stuart Parnaby (knee) and Sam Collins (knee) remain out injured.

Brad Walker was subbed after 45 minutes in the reserve defeat to Hull City but he is expected to be back training today and travel with the squad.

Walker came off at the break after feeling a slight niggle in his right thigh but it is nothing serious.

Meanwhile, Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon must find a replacement for Nathanial Knight-Percival.

He is suspended after being sent-off in last Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Luton Town.

Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Jones, Austin, Bates, Woods, Tshibola, Franks, Fenwick, Bingham.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Holden, Nearney, Compton, Walker, Featherstone, Harewood, Green, Hawkins, Smith.

Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Ellis, Goldson, Lawrence, Woods, Wesolowski, Gayle, Demetriou, Akpa-Akpro, Grant, Collins

Subs: Grandison, Vernon, Griffith, Mangan, Halstead, Clark, Grant.