Sam Collins hails Victoria Park atmosphere

Sam Collins and Colin Nish go in for the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins and Colin Nish go in for the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
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SAM Collins says the atmosphere during the second half of Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday was as good as he’s sampled at Victoria Park, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Pools, trailing to Reda Johnson’s first-half header, poured bodies forward after the break in search of an equalising goal.

Andy Monkhouse came closest as he rattled a post and there were a string of goalmouth scrambles and near misses.

The Pools boys ultimately fell short in that quest for parity, but Collins admits the crowd couldn’t have done any more to encourage their side.

“The atmosphere was great, just how I remember it when I played here for Port Vale a few years ago,” said the skipper after a season’s high turnout of 6,800 crammed into the Vic.

“We were going for it in the second half, had them penned back and the crowd got right behind us and it makes a massive difference.

“That atmosphere was as good as it’s been and hopefully we’ll have a few more days like it, only with the result as well.”

FULL story in Monday’s Mail ...