Andy Monkhouse is Hartlepool United hero after silencing Swindon Town boo boys

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ANDY Monkhouse had a feeling he would silence the County Ground boos when coming on against his former club.

The 32-year-old swapped Swindon Town for Pools in 2007 and, mystifyingly to the player himself, has always been heckled by Robins supporters when facing his old employers.

But Monkhouse has developed a canny knack of mocking their jeers, and Saturday’s goal to salvage a 1-1 draw for his side was the second time he’s notched against them.

“It must be my lucky ground,” he told SportMail today.

“Maybe the next time we play them they won’t boo me, I usually end up scoring when they do.

“It’s the best way to shut them up but I don’t know why they boo me.

“I left Swindon and there was no problem at all.

“But when I first came back every time I got the ball they were doing it

“I thought ‘why are the booing me?’.

“But it gave me a little bit of a buzz to be honest.

“When I came on I had a feeling I’d get the equaliser.

“And when I did I wanted to go to their fans and rub it in – it’s the best way to do it.”

Monkhouse’s goal arrived 16 minutes from time, prodding in from close range after Evan Horwood had headed down into the goalmouth area.

And he reflected: “It wasn’t the best goal I’ll ever score.

“But where we are right now we’ll take it.

“We just kept the ball alive and it popped to me and I put it in.”

Monkhouse had watched from the bench for the first hour as his comrades kept promotion-chasing Swindon to within one goal.

And the winger says their resolve was key to emerging with the valiant point.

“I was delighted for myself but I thought the lads had done very well against a good side,” he went on.

“You need people in the group to become leaders.

“We had that – Scott (Flinders), Sam (Collins), Simon (Walton), they pulled us through.

“The atmosphere was brilliant but we dealt with it well.

“Earlier in the season after conceding we might have got beat 5-0.

“It shows that we’ve come a long way.”