Ronnie Moore admitted he enjoyed his return to Prenton Park, even if he felt his Hartlepool United side should have come away with more than a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.Moore's second stint as Tranmere manager ended last April when he was dismissed, and it looked like being an unhappy return on Saturday afternoon as Kayode Odejayi put his former side ahead on 12 minutes.
But the lead lasted just two minutes as Scott Fenwick hit back almost immediately and bottom club Hartlepool came closest to a winner in the second half, leaving boss Moore proud of his troops.
"It was a good show; we should have won," he said.
"It's great to come back here, we were outstanding first half, but gave away another soft goal. After that we bossed it. We worked hard in training on our shape and it came off.
"They have set the standards now, no falling back to what they have been. This is take off now.
"We changed a little bit and a different set-up and it worked and everyone did well. [Matthew] Batesy did well defensively, Michael Woods was good and everyone played really well.
"I'm only disappointed we didn't win today and come away with the gap down to six points. We got right back in the game after conceding which really pleased me.
"And we had a lot of chances to get more. I've said if they give me that week-in, week-out they won't be in this position for long.
"Our fans will go home happy but disappointed we didn't win the game. Pride, effort, determination and commitment were all there. There's a bit to work on but we are working in the right direction.”