RONNIE Moore is demanding more from Hartlepool United.
More minutes, more sweat and more blood – but fewer tears.
The recently-appointed boss takes bottom-of-the-table Pools on a daunting trip to the League Two promotion favourites to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.
Moore has experienced a mixed start in the job – encouraging draws with Oxford United and Mansfield Town before the side reverted to their old ways in a 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe.
“Sunday was a real disappointment,” he admitted.
“I’ve seen a lot of positives, albeit only in 45 minute spells.
“We played well against Oxford and then we had a great second half at Mansfield.
“I’m then thinking if we take that into the Morecambe game, start like we finished on Boxing Day then we have a lot of hope – five points from three games would have made the picture look better for us.
“But I know I’m here because of the position we are in.
“If we were top of the league, I wouldn’t be sat here now.
“I knew it was going to be tough, but not quite how tough.
“If we can get 70 minutes out of them we can win a game and then we are off and running.
“Get that and then you can, in this league, win four or five games on the spin as easily as you can lose them.”
Hopes they can get their first win under Moore tomorrow at the in-form Chairboys would appear slim.
But the Pools boss is positive things can turn with one win leading to another and then another.
“There is a lot of inconsistency among the teams in and around where we are,” he told SportMail.
“But we have to start producing some wins.
“You get victories by earning them – that comes from rolling your sleeves up, sticking together and having a right good go.
“Hopefully we can do that.
“Wycombe is the biggest test since I came here, there are others coming up too. Hopefully there will be three or four new faces in to help the squad.
“That gives us a fighting chance I think.”
Fighting is a word close to the lips of Moore.
And the 61-year-old’s blue eyes light up when he speaks of the grit, determination and desire he is demanding at the Vic, especially in light of the tame surrender against Morecambe.
“It was a shameful performance,” he said. “It was not good enough and it’s not fair on supporters who pay their money to watch that.
“At least give them some sweat.
“One or two of the lads could put their shirts straight back on for Wycombe.
“We need a bit of blood and sweat and not too many tears.
“It’s a war for us – we are fighting for our lives and the last thing we want is to go out of the league.
“There are an awful lot of good sides who have gone out – look at where Stockport County are now.
“We have to stay bright and positive and lift them – get them off the floor and the coaching and backroom staff are doing that.
“We all know we can’t have another performance like that.
“We are trying to help them and they may not see if that way as players are coming in to take their places.
“But the ones who are going to be in the side will be hoping the lads coming in will make us a better team and make the games more enjoyable for everyone, which leads onto more wins.”