Andy Monkhouse determined to stay away from Pools bench

The look on the face of the Sheffield Wednesday defender as Andy Monkhouse slips inside of him. Picture by FRANK REID
The look on the face of the Sheffield Wednesday defender as Andy Monkhouse slips inside of him. Picture by FRANK REID
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ANDY Monkhouse isn’t used to sitting on the substitutes’ bench – and he doesn’t want to go back there, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 30-year-old, having started the season in the side, found himself relegated to the dugout last month and that is where he stayed for six matches.

Monkhouse, though, was restored to the starting line-up for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers and again looks set to feature when Charlton Athletic come to Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon.

And, with winter set to kick in, the Leeds-born ace admits he doesn’t fancy another stint on the sidelines.

“In all the time I’ve been here I’ve never had a run of five or six games on the bench,” he told SportMail.

“I’m not used to it and I admit I didn’t want to be sat there.

“As a footballer you want to be playing – even more so when the bad weather starts!

“But I had to take it and get on with it and just try to impress when I could.”

Monkhouse suffered a similar dip in form last season and the remedy was a switch to a centre-forward role which yielded five goals.

Again Wadsworth has adopted the same ploy and the left-winger has been moved to a more advanced posting.

And Monkhouse reflected: “I think I’ve done quite well the last two matches up there and myself and James Poole have worked well together.

“I still probably see myself as a left-winger but I enjoy the challenge of playing up front – it’s certainly better than being on the bench.

“I just need to add a couple of goals now but I’m always confident they’ll come because I’ve got goals in me.”

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