Ronnie Moore calls on Hartlepool squad to conquer nerves ahead of Exeter clash

Ronnie Moore at Luton
Ronnie Moore at Luton
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WORRIED Ronnie Moore admits his Hartlepool United side look like a “bag of nerves” after missing another chance to stake a claim for safety.

After four straight wins in March, Pools are now winless in five matches to leave them scrapping for their lives against Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers.

Results have gone for us and if we had done our job, it could have been almost over.

Despite the heavy 3-0 defeat to John Still’s play-off chasing Luton Town side, Pools remain the right side of the dotted lines.

That is thanks to Tranmere suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Oxford, while Cheltenham went down 2-0 at Northampton Town.

Moore was again grateful for other results going his side’s way but it only deepened his frustration at another chance missed.

“Results have gone for us and if we had done our job, it could have been almost over,” Moore told SportMail.

“Yet their keeper hasn’t had to make too many saves and I said to them if you are a striker, then you should want to score but we weren’t getting on the end of things.

“It was pleasing we got wide and got some crosses in but if we don’t score, then we won’t win too many games.”

Just two rounds of games remain in Sky Bet League Two, with Exeter City the visitors to Victoria Park on Saturday for the final home game of the season.

Exeter were beaten by Southend United at the weekend and are now four points off a play-off spot.

Moore says his side will need to overcome their nerves if they are to get back to winning matches.

He added: “This weekend against Exeter is a massive game now. With a little bit of luck, we need to get back to winning ways.

“We have all week to concentrate on the game and Exeter still have a shot of a play-off spot so they won’t lay down, that is for sure.”

“Nerves are playing a big part and crowds are panicking everywhere.

“Everyone gets nervous, we look nervous now because we are not playing with the same authority we had when we were in the bottom two and winning matches.

“We look like a bag of nerves. We need to deal with that.”