Scruffy goal but perfect performance says Pools scorer Andy Monkhouse

Andy Monkhouse finds space to put away the opening goal in Pools 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse finds space to put away the opening goal in Pools 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID
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ANDY Monkhouse admits his goal during the 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United was among the “scruffiest” he’ll score – but insists the performance was “near perfect”.

The 31-year-old opened his account for the season when he broke the deadlock 21 minutes in at Glanford Park, scuffing home from 12 yards after the ball had ran free in the penalty area.

But that effort was Pools’ reward for a commanding start and they continued to dominate their opponents until Antony Sweeney made sure of the points 12 minutes from the end.

Monkhouse again impressed in a centre-forward role, but the Yorkshireman was more interested in extolling the virtues of the team display when he spoke to SportMail today.

“That was a near-perfect away performance from front to back,” he said after Pools chalked up their fifth away win of the campaign to move to 10th in League One.

“A lot has been said about home form, but our away form is among the best in the league and we don’t have any fear about going anywhere.

“I don’t want to sound big headed, but we were quite comfortable – Andy Rafferty had one late free-kick to deal with and that was it.

“So there’s a lot of belief in the dressing room and no-one can argue with our away form.

“We’ve won five now and maybe it’s because we don’t have to come out and attack teams.

“We can soak it up and we have the players on the break to hurt teams.

“Maybe as well the pressure is off us a little bit. Every away game, Notts County apart, we have done well.

“We get a lot of possession in games and we are scoring away from home as well and it’s definitely working at the moment.”

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