Ronnie Moore has told his side to seize the initiative when they host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday at the start of a week that the Pools boss feels could be pivotal in the fight for survival.
Moore watched this weekend’s visitors first-hand on Tuesday night when they drew 0-0 at Cambridge United and was impressed with what he saw from Neal Ardley’s side.
However, Pools have won three of their last four on home soil and Moore says it’s important they continue that on Saturday in the first of three League Two fixtures in eight days.
“It’s a massive week for the Club,” Moore told Pools Player.
“There are nine points available and this could make or break the season; the lads know how important it is without putting any pressure on anyone, and we have to start winning games.
“What’s so important to me is that we try and get back-to-back wins – if we can do that then everything will change. It’s not down to anyone else, it’s all about what we do.
“It won’t be easy on Saturday though; I went and watched Wimbledon on Tuesday night and they get it down, pass the ball well and have some special individuals in their team who can hurt us.”
Moore moved to bolster his squad earlier in the week with the arrival of striker Ryan Bird on a one-month loan deal from Cambridge United.
The 27-year-old is set to be handed his debut in Saturday’s game though the Pools boss revealed he is yet to finalise his full starting eleven.
“I’m glad I’ve got Ryan; he’s scored a lot of goals in non-league football and I know that if you put the ball in the right areas for him then he will put it in the net.
“My dilemma really is who to play alongside him. Young Smithy did exceptionally well on his full debut last week and we also have Morgan and Harewood so I will make that decision late.”
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