Monkhouse and James to continue up front for Hartlepool United at Bristol Rovers

HE LUKES GOOD: Luke James in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
HE LUKES GOOD: Luke James in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

MONKHOUSE and James. It could be an estate agents.

But this particular combination is hopefully the double act to build a brighter future at Hartlepool United.

Since being paired together in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Bradford City, Pools have found the winning touch and the back of the net.

Luke James scored his first of the campaign against the Bantams while Andy Monkhouse got off the mark in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley.

Colin Cooper will guarantee no-one a place but the Pools boss will almost certainly keep faith with the pairing at Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Teenage James is full of youthful endeavour with pace to frighten any defence and Monkhouse is good in the year.

James is full of praise for Monkhouse and believes it is a combination which will continue to bear fruit.

“We played five games at the end of last season and it just works,” said the 18-year-old.

“Andy is a great player – he seems to know how I like to play and I know how he likes to play.

“It works and hopefully it will continue to.

“Andy’s good at coming for the ball and he’s a strong lad.

“Technically, he’s very good with his feet and he’s great at sliding the ball through for you.

“His all-round game is very good and he’s always someone you want to play alongside.

“He scored a good goal last week and set up Jonathan Franks.

“Some may have looked to shoot there but it was a great pass and the right decision and Franksy proved that by scoring.”

James was not on the scoresheet himself, going agonisingly close when his shot scraped past the right-hand post of Marcus Bettinelli, with the keeper well beaten.

“I thought that’s in when I hit it and when it just went past the post I thought ‘what have I done?’.

“For me, nine times out of 10, that would have hit the back of the net.

“It was one of those games when I thought ‘I’m not going to score here’.

“I’d like to have scored a few more and I’ve had some chances.

“I hope they’ll come with a few extra hours shooting practice on the training ground.

“Hopefully, if I keep working hard the goals will come.”