Ronnie Moore has insisted that his Pools players will enjoy the trip to Salford City in the FA Cup but must show total professionalism.
The Pools boss was reacting to news after Monday evening’s draw handed his team a trip to face the high-profile Northern Premier League outfit at the start of December.
The Moor Lane side are co-owned by former Manchester United stars Phil and Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes and recently featured on a BBC documentary.
They reached the Second Round in dramatic circumstances when they dumped out League Two side Notts County live on television on Friday night, with former Pools star James Poole named Man of the Match.
“It’s a fantastic draw for everybody isn’t it?” Moore told us.
“I am sure Salford will look at our current form and fancy their chances, especially because they enjoyed such a good result in the last round against Notts County.
“It will be as tough as playing against anyone in our division, I’m sure of that, so we will have to be tuned in mentally and physically when we go there for the game.
“I think it’s just that kind of draw that gets the adrenaline going and it’s part of the glory of the FA Cup so we’ll all be really looking forward to being involved in it.
“I bet James Poole is made up – he will love the draw because he did well for Hartlepool.
“What we have to remember is that the Class of 92 aren’t playing – so we have to go there, do it right, be professional and concentrate on what is happening on the pitch rather than off it.
“It’s something to look forward to and we will go there looking to win the game and make progress in the cup.”