COLIN Nish had no qualms about nicking his maiden Hartlepool United strike from goalkeeper Scott Flinders during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Walsall.
It had looked as if the Pools stopper had netted for the second successive home league game when his downfield punt bounced over opposite number Jimmy Walker.
But Nish, who missed during the penalty shootout defeat against Sheffield United last week, extended a toe to make sure of its passage into the back of the net and so got his goalscoring account up and running following his summer move from Hibernian.
“It was hardly a 20-yard volley but you take those all day,” he laughed.
“I said to my dad before the game I would take a goal going in off my backside after missing a penalty the other night.
“Maybe the ball was going in off the long kick from Scott, but it’s mine.
“You run towards the goal and normally the goalie takes it but he misjudged this one.
“I wasn’t going to leave that for someone else, no-one would do that, never mind a striker.
“The first goal is one of those things you need. If you don’t get one soon it’s a case of ‘not scored, not scored, not scored’, so it’s good to get off the mark.”
Nish was voted man-of-the-match following a performance which he admits was his best yet for the club.
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