Andy Monkhouse half way to perfect 10 goals for Hartlepool United

GET IN: Andy Monkhouse celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the 1-1 draw with Coventry City in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Picture by FRANK REID
GET IN: Andy Monkhouse celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the 1-1 draw with Coventry City in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Picture by FRANK REID

GOALSCORING midfielder Andy Monkhouse is halfway to reaching his very minimum target of goals he sets himself every season.

In grabbing a vital Pools equaliser against Coventry City on Saturday, the 33-year-old took his personal tally to five for the current campaign.

Only Luke James, who has already reached double figures, has scored more in the blue and white shirt this season.

Monkhouse revealed his own goal is to hit the net at least 10 times every season as he looks to chip in from the flank and help to ease the pressure on the strikers.

Although the number 11, currently at home on the left side of midfield in Colin Cooper’s side, said he takes much pleasure in seeing one of the front-men hitting a rich vein of form.

“I always want 10 (goals) so I will try to hit 10 as quickly as I can and go from there,” Monkhouse told SportMail as he reflected on the weekend’s game and his bullet header which booked a return leg at Northampton Town’s Sixfields, where Coventry are currently playing their home games, next Tuesday, December 17.

“I’ve always said if one of the strikers, Lukey (Luke James) or Pooley (James Poole) want to score 20 goals each then I’ll quite happily not score and they can score 20.

“Lukey has scored a few goals but hasn’t scored for a few games now but he’ll come back, Pooley will as well, and hopefully I’ll chip in with a few so as long as people are scoring it doesn’t matter who it is.”

Pools showed exactly what they are capable of in a sterling second half performance against League One Coventry.

And Monkhouse said they need to carry on where they left off when they return to league action at Cheltenham on Saturday.

“We are capable of playing like that,” he said.

“There’s a few teams who’ve came here who I think have thought ‘these aren’t a bad team’ but it’s putting the consistency together.

“We’re bang in the middle of League Two so something tells you we can’t get the consistency but at home it’s starting to come.

“The fans are behind us, everyone in the town seems to be with us at the minute.”