Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Happy New Year Lies Ahead for Dreadful Pool

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Happy New Year Lies Ahead for Dreadful Pool

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HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0 MORECAMBE 2 AT HOME to Morecambe last season, Hartlepool United produced heroics to keep themselves in the Football League.

This time around they served up all-too-familiar rubbish and are heading into the Conference.

As 2014 ended with another home defeat, Pool have never been in such a precarious position.

This was supposed to be the game which turned their season around, one to give them real hope of avoiding the drop.

Instead, it showed the limitations of the squad of players at Victoria Park.

Ronnie Moore needs to sign a few new players next month and more.

He said: "Same assessment as everyone else - gutless. You can see why we are where we are.

"Bottom of the league with 4,100 fans in and where's the desire and effort and willingness to run and take a chance? Every game I've said the same thing so far.

"I don't blame the crowd for having a go after that.

"Where's the desire to go and play? They are footballers. It astounds me. That's the first time since I've been in here I've seen why we are where we are.

"The backroom staff have heart and want the club to do well. They are frightened to fall out with each other and this is a man's game.

"Save the club, save the club's future. If we keep the same team then we are done and dusted and they only need to find one more team to go down.'' Goalkeeper Scott Flinders made a stop on ten minutes, reacting to push a Ryan Williams drive away from goal and Neil Austin mopped up the loose ball.

Yet there was not much going on directly at the other end and it was 21 minutes before Pool had an effort.

Matthew Bates send a deep cross for Scott Fenwick to head at goal, but the former Dunston forward sent a header into goalkeeper Scott Davies. Pool, however, were having plenty of possession, winning the ball in mid-field and pressing the visitors - who lost at home to Cardiff on Boxing Day - back. …

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