DVD re-run of Scunthorpe win will make pleasant viewing for Sam Collins

Sam Collins puts pressure on as Scunthorpe look to build an attack. Photograph by FRANK REID
Sam Collins puts pressure on as Scunthorpe look to build an attack. Photograph by FRANK REID
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AT least Hartlepool United skipper Sam Collins will enjoy the DVD re-run of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

The 35-year-old often studies the previous 90 minutes in a bid to pick up on things he may have missed in the heat of the action.

But Collins admits recent showings have not made for pleasant viewing – until now.

“I try to watch most of the games on DVD afterwards,” he revealed, “Sometimes after playing you think of things which happened and it’s good to sit down and watch them over.

“Managers do it and they take out the good and bad parts to see what we are doing well.

“Quite a few of our lads do it as well and it’s a good option to have.

“It sometimes gives you a better perspective on things.

“I think I’ll be watching this one again, and at least I know it’s a happy ending this time.”

Collins, however, admits that the performance against The Iron wasn’t particularly pleasing on the eye.

But victory, nonetheless, was always the aim.

“We didn’t really play that well, but they didn’t create many real chances and we were pretty comfortable in the end,” he said, after goals from Jon Franks and Luke James saw home the points with Steve Howard also missing a second-half penalty.

“We could have passed the ball a bit better, but we won and that’s all that matters.

“Two goals gives us a lift and we could have had more.

“Stevie hit the penalty well and the keeper went the right way to save it – if he goes the other way it’s a good penalty.

“But both goals were good finishes and the second one will do Luke the world of good and give him a confidence boost because he’s been a bit rusty lately.

“Franksy is new here and it’s good for him to get started as well.

“But this was three points, a clean sheet and now we aim for the same next week against Carlisle.”

Collins had earlier made a bid for Pools’ first goal of the season when he charged at the visiting defence, only to be felled on the edge of the area.

And he admits he’ll be sticking to the art of defending, rather than attacking, next weekend.

“I went through at goal in the first-half and didn’t know what I was going to do,” he laughed.

“I just put my head down and ran with it – it’s a good job I was tripped!

“I think I’ll stick to the defending next week.”