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Ronnie Moore thrilled after Hartlepool United complete Great Escape

27 April 2015

Ronnie Moore basked in Hartlepool United’s 'astounding' Great Escape after a 2-1 win over Exeter City secured their Sky Bet League 2 safety.

First-half goals from Scott Fenwick and Jordan Hugill secured the decisive three points as Pools, who were 10 points adrift at the foot of the table in January, secured their Football League status.

The result consigned Tranmere Rovers to a second successive relegation, with Cheltenham Town also going down.

"What an absolutely fantastic day," said Moore. "It was a long day, and a long second half.

"But they gave absolutely everything. That's what we have wanted from them and that's the type of performance I want.

"For me as a manager, I don't think you can better that. If you look where we were and what has happened, it's just been astounding.

"Deep down, I didn't think we could do it. You've got to say the right things and install belief in the lads.

"I have the same feeling and buzz that I had when we got back-to-back promotions [at Rotherham].

"I have said on Twitter that I think this was the biggest game in the club's history.

"It's not easy to come back if you go back out of the Conference. That drop would have been unbelievable. We're a league club still and that's fantastic."

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