Moore gees Hartlepool United up for Morecambe revenge mission

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RONNIE Moore is looking for his Hartlepool United side to make amends for the humiliating home defeat to Morecambe when the sides meet again tomorrow.

Pools travel to the Globe Arena tomorrow looking to put a significant dent in the eight-point gap to safety.

It was embarrassing how easy it was for them that day.

Ronnie Moore

And manager Moore has revenge on his mind, with the 2-0 defeat to The Shrimps at the end of December still fresh.

It was a particularly dismal defeat – one of the lowlights of Moore’s time.

“Morecambe at home wasn’t nice,” Moore said.

“No disrespect to them but we had a chance of winning that and it was embarrassing how easy it was for them that day.

“We now have a chance to go there and show them we have improved.

“We need some scrappy wins and it is about winning games, how you win them doesn’t matter.

“People don’t remember how you play, it is how you get over the winning line and we need six points desperately [from these two games].”

As you’d expect, Moore is still refusing to write off his Hartlepool United’s sides chances of staying up.

He added: “If we get those six points, then who knows?

“It is a funny old game.

“We need to take the chances when they come, because you don’t get many when you are down there struggling.

“We are in the position we are in because of the players that are playing at this present moment in time but we are not a million miles away from being a competitive side.

“We’ve worked this week on creating, crossing, getting on the end of balls and hopefully it pays dividends.

“Morecame will be tough – they are always there or there abouts and Jim Bentley has done a great job and they all know their jobs in a 3-5-2 system.

“One game at a time they say, but we have to start winning away from home.

“If we lose these two games then it’s serious trouble.”

Moore will be without the injured Scott Fenwick (ankle), Michael Woods (ankle/leg), Matthew Bates (dead leg), while the game will come too soon for ex-Sunderland midfielder Tommy Miller and former Middlesbrough defender Stuart Parnaby.

The pair both played in the midweek reserve win over Gateshead.

“It’s good to see Parnaby back because it looked like it was going to be season over but he is miles off the pace,” said Moore.

“Tommy, we take it day by day with him as he’s had a recurring calf problem but touch wood it’s okay right now.

“I don’t think either will be ready for the next couple of weeks, but Tommy is closer.

“He feels more confident in his injury and he’s been looked after well.

“Parnaby has an awful lot to do because of the time he’s been out.

“There’s always the temptation and need to put him in because of Tommy’s experience, but we’ve got to be fair to him because if we push him and it goes again, them it’s season over.”

Morecambe will be without defender Ryan Edwards. He was sent off in their win at Luton Town.

Hartlepool (4-4-2): Flinders, Austin, Harrison, Mirfin, D Jones, J Jones, Featherstone, Tshibola, Compton, Bird, Smith.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Duckworth, Holden, Nearney, Walker, Franks, Harewood, Morgan.

Morecambe (3-5-2): Arestidou, Hughes, Parrish, Beeley, Amond, Devitt, Wright, Fleming, Wilson, Ellison, Redshaw.

Subs: Kenyon, Williams, Mullin, Goodall, McGowan, Stewart.