WISE MONK: Andy Monkhouse desperate for recall but admits Pools team-mates have done well

LOOKING IMPRESSIVE: Andy Monkhouse in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID
LOOKING IMPRESSIVE: Andy Monkhouse in action against Portsmouth. Picture by FRANK REID

ANDY Monkhouse is never going to willingly accept his demotion to the substitutes bench – but he has no quarrel over the form of his team-mates.

The 32-year-old last started a match on Boxing Day, since when Pools have won four and drawn three, moving to within nine points of safety.

Monkhouse has, however, made game-changing impacts during that period, most notably his leveller in the 1-1 draw at Swindon Town.

On Saturday, too, he was instrumental in swinging the game in Pools’ favour as two late goals from Peter Hartley and Luke James secured a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Monkhouse is determined to wrest back his starting jersey and he isn’t afraid to share his thoughts with manager John Hughes.

“I haven’t been playing and I’m not happy sat on the bench, I’ve had plenty of conversations with the gaffer about it,” he told SportMail.

“If I take a step back and look at it then I’ve got to say the players with the shirt at the moment are doing very well – I might have to take it on the chin.

“I might have to sit on the bench for now, not that I’ll be happy about it.

“But the lads in at the moment deserve to be there.”

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