MICKY Barron has backed Scott Flinders to bury the anguish of his recent mistakes – but he’ll have to do it without mentor Gary Walsh.
The Pools goalkeeping coach has joined the backroom staff at Hull City where he will link up with former Middlesbrough team-mate and caretaker Tigers boss Nicky Barmby.
His exit has comes at a time with Flinders suffering a loss of form.
The Pools No.1 was at fault for Brentford’s first during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat – a weak lob escaping his grasp – and he was also disappointed with
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the concession of the only goal during the defeat to Yeovil Town last month.
Those mistakes came on the back of Flinders’ unfortunate sending off in the FA Cup tie against Stevenage.
The usually-reliable netminder has apologised to his colleagues for his recent errors, and caretaker Pools chief Barron believes the Yorkshireman has what it takes to bounce back to his very best form.
“Scott has been brilliant, but of late he’s made a couple of mistakes and we have to speak to him about it,” he told SportMail ahead of Saturday’s visit of Colchester United.
“He was disappointed with the first goal at the weekend. But it was a genuine mistake and the ball has gone through his hands.
“He was distraught in the dressing room on Saturday but these things happen, it’s all about how you come back.
“He’s held his hands up for one or two mistakes in recent weeks but during that time he’s still been making some unbelievable saves.
“Hopefully the mistake against Brentford is his last one and we see the top goalkeeper that he is in the coming matches.”
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