'Everyone wants Salford to win but us' says Hartlepool boss

Thursday 03 Dec 2015
Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore has warned his side of an FA Cup upset

Ronnie Moore has warned his Hartlepool United team to avoid an Emirates FA Cup banana skin at Salford City on Friday.

The League Two side head to Moor Lane for the first of this weekend’s second round ties, knowing that Salford have already knocked out league opposition following their win over Notts County last month.

Salford City v Hartlepool United

The Emirates FA Cup
Second Round Proper
7.55pm, Friday 4 November 2015
Moor Lane, Salford City FC
Winners receive £27,000 from prize fund
Live on BBC2

And with the game being screened live to the nation by the BBC, Moore knows people will be watching on in the hope of seeing another giantkilling.

"It's a one-off game, it's about what happens on the night and we've got to make sure we don't become another Notts County," said the former Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers boss.

"We should have too much for Salford, but it's if, and with ifs, buts and maybes, you just don't know.

"It'll be a really tough game, there's no doubt about that, everybody in the country wants us to get beat so we're fighting the nation, except everybody in Hartlepool.

"But around the country, they all want the giantkilling act and that's what this Cup is about.

"If we go in the same frame of mind as Notts County, we'll get beat so we've had the warning and have seen what can be done."

Watch highlights of Salford City's victory over Notts County in the first round

Currently in the lower reaches of the League Two table, Moore admits his side are classic fodder for an FA Cup upset.

But after seeing an improvement in recent displays, he knows his squad are good enough to end Salford’s FA Cup adventure if they apply the right mentality.

"That's what has been wrong with us, we've been inconsistent," he revealed.

"You could say the same about them [Salford], they're not pulling up any trees at the moment and we're certainly not pulling up any trees at the moment so it looks like it could be a hell of a Cup tie.

"We know what to expect, they're a good side and they've got some good quality, they've got experience and on their day, the front three can cause some damage.

"But it's not all about them, we've just got to go there and roll our sleeves up and have a really good go.

"Let's perform the way we know we can perform, but they'll have an extra 25 per cent in their effort and commitment so we need to match them."

By FA Staff