Hartlepool Utd consistency is key in ‘strange’ league One

Andy Monkhouse watches the ball as it drops. Photograph by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse watches the ball as it drops. Photograph by FRANK REID
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ANDY Monkhouse insists consistency is the key to success in a “strange” League One – and in that respect the midfielder is pleased with his own contribution.

Now, though, he has called on the rest of his Pools comrades to build on their maiden campaign victory last weekend and rid themselves of the erratic displays which undermined the early part of the season.

Monkhouse has arguably been Pools’ top performer so far this term, although he insists personal plaudits are not of any interest.

“I suppose I have been relatively pleased with my own form,” he said, when pressed on the issue.

“But I’d quite happily do a job for the team without any personal gain and see us pick up wins instead.

“All 11 of us have to start playing well now.

“As a footballer you have something to prove every time you step on the pitch and we’ve got to start doing that.

“It’s no good one or two players doing it, you need the majority of us at it if we’re going to do well.

“Look at this division, the teams who can find that little bit of consistency are the ones who are near the top.

“We don’t have that consistency yet.

“It’s a strange league and any team can beat any other on their day.

“But we don’t want to be one of those sides which is good one week and then poor the next.”

Monkhouse was reverted to a left-wing role for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United, having previously caught the eye down the right flank.

The 31-year-old still insists his natural position is on his favoured left, although he appreciates the reasoning behind Neale Cooper’s decision to change his posting.

“I enjoyed it there,” said Monkhouse,

who laid on the second goal for Luke James against The Iron with a cross from the right.

“The gaffer pulled me two days before the game against Swindon and said he was thinking about doing it, and thought I did quite well.

“You can cut inside and see the game a bit more – it enables you to pick a pass or have a strike at goal.

“But, if pushed, I still see myself as a left-winger if I’m honest.

“I know I say this all of the time, but as long as you’re playing it doesn’t matter, that’s the most important thing, making sure you’re in the team to be able to make a difference.”