Hartlepool Utd boss backs star to bounce back for Bury game

Andy Monkhouse
Andy Monkhouse

MICK Wadsworth believes Andy Monkhouse will again bounce back from the disappointment of his relegation to the substitutes’ bench.

The midfielder has found himself out of the team for the recent victories over Exeter City and Carlisle United having started the first seven matches of the campaign.

Monkhouse was dropped towards the back end of last season but returned to the side to fire five goals in seven matches, serving a reminder as to the talent which has seen him become a firm favourite at Victoria Park over the past five years.

And that is why Wadsworth is backing the Leeds-born ace to rediscover his best form in response to his recent omission.

“Andy was on the bench last week and I think he would be the first to admit he hasn’t had the best of starts to the season,” said the manager in a frank assessment of Monkhouse’s early form.

“He will be back, no doubt, because he is a key player and has been for a number of years.

“Last season he was dropped and we got the response.

“He came back in and was excellent and I’m sure Andy will be desperate to do the same this time.”

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