Time for Hartlepool United to break away duck for Ronnie Moore at Bury?

DEFENSIVE ROCK: David Mirfin. Picture by FRANK REID
DEFENSIVE ROCK: David Mirfin. Picture by FRANK REID
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RONNIE Moore wants his Hartlepool United side to become coupon busters by winning their first away game since he took charge.

Pools have only won away twice all season – at Wimbledon in August and Exeter City back in October – and Moore is desperate to pick up his first three points on the road.

United are bottom of Sky Bet League Two, while tomorrow’s play-off chasing hosts are eighth, with nine wins at home this campaign.

Moore knows his side are facing 15 “cup finals” in their remaining fixtures if they are to stand any chance of staying up.

“Everybody expects us to get beat every week but we have improved in the home form and we have surprised good teams,” said Moore.

“There should be nothing to fear anyway because a lot of people have us down already.

“We have had some great performances away from home and should have had wins out of them, Tranmere the prime example.

“If we can do that we will be okay but we have to start moving quickly.

“We have been inconsistent all season but we were going for our fourth home win on the trot [against Stevenage] so we are getting there but we need to stay in games.

“Bury have some fantastic players and are a threat up front, going forward in wide areas.

“It will be a big tester for our back four and hopefully our keeper and back four have a good game.

“We have to start causing teams some problems, we are not creating enough on the road but we have to start believing and getting our wingers in games.

“The first goal could be crucial, we gain that confidence from the first goal.

“When we go 1-0 down we get the wobbles but we have some steadying influences in the side now, with [David] Mirfin at the back.

“The big thing is not to play with any fear.”

Pools go into the game on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Stevenage, a disappointing defeat which Moore admitted as a “set back” for his struggling side.

“I know why it happened,” reflected Moore.

“Our players got complacent and we are not good enough to be complacent.

“We have to set our stall out and play at a high tempo.

“If we do that then we will win more than we lose but that tempo was lacking.

“Managers speak about having 14 or 15 cup finals and it is the same for us – sooner or later we are going to run out of games.

“We have to make sure we go to Bury and not go gung-ho and lose by five or six but play at a tempo and be professional in our approach to the game.

“Show no fear – we have not won away since I have been here.

“Hopefully this is the first but it is a difficult place to go.”

Bury boss David Flitcroft remains without the services of front man Ryan Lowe, out with a hamstring injury.

But defender Pablo Mills is nearing fitness after a spell out with a groin problem.

Former Pools loan striker Daniel Nardiello is expected to start after overcoming a groin injury but the League Two match may come too soon for Adam El-Abd following a hamstring tweak.

Pools (probable): Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Mirfin, Austin, Franks, Woods, Tshibola, Compton, Morgan, Fenwick.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Holden, Nearney, D Jones, Walker, Featherstone, Smith, Harewood, J Jones.

Bury (probable): Pope, Riley, Cameron, McNulty, Hussey, Adams, Tutte, Etuhu, Mayor, Nardiello, Rose.

Subs: Jones, Hope, Mills, Sedgwick, O’Brien, Lainton, Burgess, El-Abd.