RONNIE Moore believes “anything is now possible” after his Hartlepool United side closed the gap to League Two survival with a morale-boosting win over Morecambe.
And he has called on his Pools squad to produce exactly the same kind of committed display away to Oxford tomorrow night.
It’s a bit of luck we will takeRonnie Moore
Saturday’s victory at the Globe Arena leaves Pools six points from safety at the foot of the Football League, a 35th minute own goal from Andy Parrish enough to separate the sides.
The goal had more than a touch of fortune about it, but Moore didn’t care how his side won.
Just that they did away from home for the first time in five months and in the process kept their first clean sheet away in over a year.
He has called on his squad to make the most of the win with another result at Oxford.
Moore said: “We have in the past closed the gap on teams and then let ourselves down.
“This time we are four off Tranmere, six off Cheltenham and anything is now possible.
“We would have frightened one or two teams with this result.
“It was an own goal, but I felt Ryan (Bird) should have scored, but the lad got there and toe poked it in.
“It’s a bit of luck we will take.
“We’ve 10 games left, 10 cup finals and it’s not good for you to go through the emotions, but being a manager isn’t good for you!
“But it’s fantastic to be back in the dug out and getting a response like that, what we need, out of the team.
“We need that spirit and we’ve got to go again ten more times and we have given ourselves a little chance now.
“The clean sheet is big for us, it’s been a long time away from home but it’s different people and it was important to do it.”
A delighted – and relieved – Moore hailed his side’s character and said it was a type of performance he likes to see from his sides.
“It was a committed performance to be fair,” said Moore.
“The players put their bodies on the line, the keeper made some good saves and we have deserved the win.
“We changed formation – they have played 3-5-2 all season so we matched them up and then they go and change to 4-4-2 – the best laid plans and all that!
“But we stuck at the system and it worked well.
“The players suited it, the lads up front worked hard and we had bodies back to defend.
“It was a Never Say Die shift and that’s the type of performance I want from my players – that’s my type of team, battling and giving their all when it is tough.
“Sometimes it’s not pretty, but it doesn’t matter how we play at this moment in time.
“Playing that way we got that little bit of luck.
“I said that they have to remember the feeling and what it means because we have another tough one tomorrow night.”