Hartlepool United 'underdogs' against Salford - Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore guided Pools through the first round with victory against Cheltenham

Hartlepool United will be seen as 'underdogs' by some pundits going into their FA Cup tie at non-league Salford City, says boss Ronnie Moore.

Salford, who knocked Pools' League Two rivals Notts County out in the first round, were paired with Moore's side at home in Monday's draw.

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"It's a fantastic draw for both, in a roundabout way some people might make them favourites," Moore told BBC Tees.

"The whole nation will be against us, everybody wants Salford to beat us, we need to go there and play the way we can and show respect to them.

"It's not easy to beat Notts County and we need to make sure we're not one of the league clubs to go out of the FA Cup."

Last season saw Hartlepool on the back pages when they were dumped out of the cup by non-league Blyth Spartans, a defeat that ended Paul Murray's tenure and brought about Moore's arrival at the club.

"We shouldn't be going there with any fear," Moore continued.

"We're the league club, we need to impose ourselves on them but anything less than 100% and we will get found out and beaten."

Salford City
Salford City won 2-0 against Notts County in round one to progress to a tie with Hartlepool

Pools progressed to round two with victory against National League side Cheltenham Town.

But Moore's side are currently 19th in the League Two table, with just five wins from 16 games.

While the FA Cup is a competition he is keen to progress in, their league position is a concern with games against Leyton Orient, Mansfield, Accrington and Oxford in November's fixtures.

"We've got so many important games before then," Moore added.

"We've got four of the top seven to come, so it's not just the FA Cup, but those precious and important league points at stake."

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