Hartlepool United skipper Sam Collins celebrates bittersweet 500th appearance at Huddersfield Town

Sam Collins applauds the travelling support after recording his 500th career game. Picture by FRANK REID

Sam Collins applauds the travelling support after recording his 500th career game. Picture by FRANK REID

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SAM Collins admits he will take bittersweet memories from his landmark 500th career outing at the club where it all began.

The Pools skipper emerged on the losing side at Huddersfield Town last night as the hosts stole a 1-0 victory.

For Collins – clocking up a half century of games against the club where he made his senior debut in 1997 – the outcome leaves a sour taste after a commanding display in which he had nullified the threat of £10million-rated striker Jordan Rhodes.

Pools did survive a couple of early scares but had been the superior side up until the moment substitute Alan Lee hit the only goal on 75 minutes.

And Collins told SportMail today: “We’ve done so well right throughout the game so you don’t know what to feel – frustration, anger or to actually be pleased with the performance.

“They had a chance in the first four or five minutes and then the goal, but I can’t remember anything other than that.”

Read more of Collins’ thoughts on reaching his milestone, plus a full match report and reaction, in today’s Sportmail.