SCOTT Harrison felt emotionally drained after helping Hartlepool United to their first away win in FIVE months, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
The 21-year-old was on the verge of tears in the aftermath of the 1-0 win at the Globe Arena – the first time Pools have kept an away clean sheet in 23 attempts.
I was a bit emotional afterwards, it means a lotPools’ Scott Harrison
Victory over Morecambe pushed Pools – backed by 300 away supporters – to within six points of safety.
And Harrison admitted the emotion got to him as Ronnie Moore’s side secured their first three points on the road since October.
“The scenes at the end were great,” he told SportMail.
“The fans were brilliant and you could hear them a lot more than the Morecambe fans – to hear them like that when we are in the position we are in is fantastic.
“It gives you a huge boost and I was a bit emotional afterwards, it means a lot.
“I felt a bit like, this is it, now or never. We need to start doing it.
“And we did, this performance was a world away from the Burton defeat.
“If you work hard you will grind the results out and to bounce back and get the win, it just turns everything on its head.
“It is a good feeling to win away and get a clean sheet.
“The gaffer was sick of talking about it, that has gone now and hopefully we can keep a clean sheet tomorrow night as well against Oxford,” added the former Sunderland defender.
Harrison, alongside David Mirfin and Dan Jones in a back three, was one of the standout performers in a 3-5-2 formation.
Moore’s side fully deserved the win but they had to fight for it second-half, especially.
Scott Flinders, Nicky Featherstone and the defence all played their part in keeping the club’s first away clean sheet since March 11, 2014.
“There was an enormous amount of pressure on us but we dealt with it well,” added Harrison.
“Everybody was putting their bodies on the line at the end.
“It was unbelievable.
“You need someone to settle it down in those situations because when the ball just keeps coming back at you it is hard.
“We had a lot defending to do but we did it well.”
Harrison said the Pools players were inspired by their backing – with Aaron Tshibola the centre of attention.
To the tune of Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’, the supporters gave a debut to their new song Tshi-bo-la.
Harrison added: “The fans really spur you on, as soon as we walked out they were just constantly singing.
“I said to Brad [Walker], how good does that sound?
“We wanted to give them something back.
“The song about Tish was a bit different.
“Mind, I was disappointed there wasn’t one about Harrison, maybe next time!”