Ronnie Moore praised the determination of his side as they held on for a hard-fought and richly-deserved three points against Wycombe Wanderers at Victoria Park.
Pools led ten minutes before half time through Scott Fenwick’s close-range finish but the visitors pressed hard for a leveller in the closing twenty minutes.
However, Pools’ young back four held firm and collected a precious victory from their first league game in almost a month to move six points clear of the bottom two.
“It was a tough game but we knew it would be so it’s a fantastic three points,” Moore told Pools PlayerHD.
“In the last two games we’ve had here we’ve played and got nothing but today we dug deep and held in there – and I’ve got nothing but praise for them.
“In the last twenty minutes they threw the kitchen sink at us; I think they had five players all 6ft 6ins all in there and they’ve just lumped it – the ball went long so many times it needed an aspirin at the end of the game.
“We got a little bit of luck at times but we defended well when we had to and it’s nice to beat a team in the top six to show how decent we can be when we do play.”
Moore also praised the impact of debutant Nathan Thomas who set up Fenwick for the decisive goal and the Pools boss is excited how much he can improve with more minutes under his belt.
“You can see what’s to come from him,” he insisted.
“There is plenty there to whet the appetite; his movement is good and it was a great ball across for Scott to finish it.
“When he gets his fitness levels right then we’ve got a hell of a player there, I think.”
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