Goal brace bittersweet for Larkin

Colin Larkin scores his second gaol against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
Colin Larkin scores his second gaol against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
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COLIN Larkin admits his drought-ending double will finally get his team-mates off his back – but says that’s the only consolation from the weekend defeat at Walsall.

The Irish striker had failed to find the back of the net since September, 2009, his previous effort coming during a 3-0 win over Saturday’s opponents.

But, while Larkin was at least able to breathe a sigh of relief at the culmination of that scoreless streak, the subsequent collapse, in which Pools conceded five times in a little over half an hour, left a sour taste in the Celt’s mouth.

“On a personal note it’s been ages since I’ve scored, it was actually against Walsall 18 months ago, how ironic is that?” he told SportMail after the 5-2 reverse.

“I’ve started the game, which was brilliant, and I’ve got on the scoresheet, which was brilliant – but that’s all I can take from it.

“At two-nil up I thought it was there for us to kick on and maybe win by four or five.

“It was game over but we sat back and some of the mistakes we made we wouldn’t normally do – and every one was punished.

“Obviously they got the first goal and the momentum changed in their favour.

“After that we just didn’t get together as a team and weren’t solid.

“We seemed to play as individuals and after the second goal our heads just dropped - it just got worse from there on in.”

Larkin had scored just once in Pools colours prior to his West Midlands brace, and the frontman admits his team-mates were never shy to remind of that fact.

“When the lads are giving you stick you think about it a little bit more,” he said.

“But that was all good natured and I’m the type of player it doesn’t affect me because I go into every match believing I’m going to score.

“Since I’ve been young I’ve always had that confidence.

“Saying that, it’s been 18 months so it’s nice to get on the scoresheet and I can breathe now for a couple of weeks.”

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