Hartlepool United keeper Scott Flinders would like quiet night in front of the telly

GREAT SCOTT: Scott Flinders saves a penalty against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
GREAT SCOTT: Scott Flinders saves a penalty against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
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THE appearance of the live television cameras usually means one thing for Scott Flinders – a busy afternoon lies in wait.

Pools have not fared well in recent years when broadcast to a national audience.

Indeed, arguably their worst performance of last season was reserved for the trip to Notts County in October.

Pools failed to show that day and were duly humbled 3-0.

While such one-sided games present Flinders with the chance to showcase his talents, the netminder admits he would settle for the role of spectator tomorrow evening against Brentford.

“We’ve never had a great time of it on TV in the past,” he told SportMail.

“I’ve been pretty busy in our televised games in the past, I’d settle for quieter one this weekend.

“Hopefully we can give everyone a good shot of Hartlepool and see what we are about because we haven’t done that previously.

“Playing to the nation gives you a bit more spark and Brentford have something to play for, so there’s something to prove.”

Flinders, like many of his team-mates, will again be hoping that teenage striker Luke James can make the difference.

The 18-year-old has been the inspiration behind recent back-to-back victories over Bury and Tranmere Rovers and he will again lead the line against The Bees.

And Flinders went on: “It’s nice to see Luke up front, he’s a bundle of energy.

“After last weekend at Tranmere he was sat in the changing room absolutely shattered.

“But the lads were going round praising him and, as a player, there’s no better feeling than that.

“The lads were all praising him for a hard shift and he deserves the praise.”