LOAN star Aaron Tshibola believes Ronnie Moore’s “direct and honest” approach is reaping rewards for Hartlepool United as they battle against the drop.
Back-to-back away wins over Morecambe and Oxford United have seen Pools get within four points of safety, with nine games left to play.
He is very genuine and what you see is what you get – that is what I like about himAaron Tshibola
And Reading loanee Tshibola, who has played every game since joining on loan from the Championship side at the start of January, has heaped praise on the manager’s approach.
The 20-year-old said the squad hasn’t set itself any targets and, like the oldest football cliché goes, they are instead taking each game as it comes.
But six points and two clean sheets away from home has certainly boosted the belief within the squad.
Tshibola says that comes from the top down.
“The manager is very direct and honest,” Tshibola said.
“He is very genuine and what you see is what you get – that is what I like about him.
“He is very approachable too – more or less like all of the staff here.
“That has made me feel very comfortable and I have enjoyed playing under him here.”
Mansfield are the visitors to Victoria Park tomorrow and while staying up still remains a big ask, the belief has returned to the Pools camp that it is possible, after all.
A win tomorrow could push Pools to within a point of safety, if other results go there way.
“I don’t think you can set targets – it is more the next game, the next game,” said Tshibola.
“It is a cliché but it is true.
“We work on things on the training park for every upcoming game but there is no real target aside from staying up.
“I think it is important that we get our head around the full week of training and that game and knowing how we will play and how the opposition play.
“And how do we counter them, that is how we approach games.”
They will, at least, have a good insight into Mansfield’s top scorer tomorrow, Rakish Bingham, who spent a month on loan at Pools in January before being recalled.
Tshibola is a former flatmate – as well team-mate of the striker – and he is looking forward to playing against him, if he shakes off a knock to his hip.
He added: “I was very disappointed when Rakish went back.
“As well as my team mate, he was also my house mate and I enjoyed playing with him.
“It was very sad to see him go but that is the way football is.
“I am pleased that he has been scoring and hope he can kick on from there and that the manager can give him a few starts.
“It will be good to play against him,” added Tshibola.