Don’t thank Hartlepool Utd star for setting up goals at Crawley Town

Luke James in action against Crawley Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action against Crawley Town. Picture by FRANK REID
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LUKE James says he did not dare ask for thanks after laying on both of Andy Monkhouse’s goals during the 2-2 draw at Crawley Town.

For the Pools teenager admits he owed his senior strike partner having failed to tee him up for a tap-in earlier in the game.

“I needed to lay those goals on for Andy because I should have squared one to him earlier on but shot instead,” confessed James.

“I knew I’d done the wrong thing as soon as I took the shot so it was good to get his assists.

“His second goal (a first-time volley) was unbelievable.

“He said afterwards that he could try it 100 times and it would only come off once, thankfully for us this was that one time.

“For me, I get the same feeling from an assist as I do a goal, just seeing the ball go in is the best feeling, that’s all you’re bothered about.”

Monkhouse’s brace had given Pools a 2-1 lead entering the final 10 minutes of the season.

But Jamie Proctor nabbed his second of the game one minute from time to earn his side a share of the spoils.

James, though, was pleased to avoid defeat.

“It was important to finish on a positive note,” he went on.

“A win would have been brilliant and we were unlucky with that little deflection at the end.

“But the lads showed to the fans we had a bit of fight in coming back from a goal down.

“They were very good in the first half, it’s one of the best teams I’ve played against movement wise.

“At times I didn’t know where I was – the midfielders were dropping off and getting the ball and playing from there.

“We improved massively in the second half and we were unlucky in the end not to get the three points.”

And James admits the penguin-outfitted away fans had made it a special occasion for the players.

“The penguins were phenomenal, going all that way in fancy-dress is brilliant,” he said.

“I was getting photos through all morning.

“They were amazing, I don’t think they stopped singing once.

“I spotted one of my mates, Josh Anderson, in the crowd dressed as a penguin.

“I used to play with him at the Hartlepool Centre of Excellence.

“So to get a couple of goals in front of them made it a good day and it was nice to finish the season on a positive note.”