THE Hartlepool United squad owe supporters a “big performance” after some of the games they’ve had to watch this campaign, says manager Ronnie Moore.
Pools go into today’s match with Exeter City looking for their 8th win on home soil in the final game of the season at Victoria Park.
A win for Pools, coupled with a defeat for Cheltenham Town and either a draw or defeat for Tranmere Rovers would see Pools secure their league status with a game to go.
And Moore has said his players want to finish the season at The Vic on a high to cap an amazing turnaround after being 10 points adrift less than two months ago.
“Without doubt we owe the fans a big performance, the last one at home this season,” Moore said, ahead of today’s game.
“When you consider what they have had to watch this season when we were bottom of the league for five months yet still we had 3,500 coming in every week.
“The atmosphere when we do play well is unbelievable.
“The last home game Scott Fenwick came on and whacked somebody and got the crowd going and we need to do that from minute one, not from the 60th minute.”
Moore is sweating over the fitness of on-loan Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin, with the 30-year-old expected to miss out with a badly bruised toe.
He will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness though.
Moore remains confident his side can finish the job this afternoon, if his starting line-up give their all.
He added: “We can’t have eight players playing, we need all 11. Do that and we have a chance of winning.
“We beat Exeter down there before I came here, but it’s all about this one now.
“I just want us to come out and give a proper ‘Ronnie Moore-type’ team performance because since we came out the bottom two we haven’t produced with 100 per cent commitment and ability.
“Let’s get back to that and what got us out of it and not put ourselves back in it.
“The last thing we want is going to Carlisle United away on the last day in the bottom two.
“That is too much pressure.”