Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore believes that the club may have had a little extra help in their successful quest to avoid relegation from League Two.
Moore told BBC Tees that ‘the gods have smiled on us’ when asked to reflect on Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Exeter City.
Cheltenham’s defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers losing at Plymouth meant that the North East side will definitely be playing in the Football League next season.
Securing their league status with one game of the season in hand is quite an achievement for Hartlepool.
The club were marooned at the foot of the table from November all the way until March, when four straight wins began the revival.
However, Moore implied that the sudden upturn in form actually increased the pressure on his team.
“When we had that little run, they started to realise this was on. The problem we had was that once we came out of the bottom two, we started to get very, very nervous.”
This was evident in their performances. Pools only picked up two points from the five games prior to Saturday’s win, ensuring a nervous day all round and a second half that Moore called “probably the longest 45 minutes of my life.”
Yet Hartlepool managed to hold on to their lead, causing wild celebrations from fans and players. The club will now start looking to ensure next season is much more comfortable than this campaign has been.