Scott Flinders keeps alive Hartlepool United’s survival hopes ... for now

POOLS HEROES: Neil Austin and Scott Flinders at the end of the game against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
POOLS HEROES: Neil Austin and Scott Flinders at the end of the game against Tranmere Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Flinders has played down the significance of his stupendous penalty save against Tranmere Rovers – but he is relieved that Hartlepool United’s survival hopes remain alive.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper was not aware that his second-half stop had preserved Pools’ League One status for at least another 72 hours.

Had they drawn at Prenton Park then Pools would have been relegated to the bottom tier.

But Flinders’ save – a flying one-arm block to divert Andy Robinson’s effort onto the crossbar – protected a 1-0 advantage which was good enough to take maximum points.

“I was happy to see the penalty hit the bar, it’s a bit of a blur and you just get on with the game,” said the Pools No.1.

“When you are playing, personally, all I want to do is keep the ball out.

“The other side of it, what comes as a result of it, starts to sink in later.

“So it’s a relief that we still have a chance.

“Everyone was writing us off at Christmas, so credit to the lads for keeping it going.”

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