Hartlepool scorer sees the positives

Michael Duckworth celebrates
Michael Duckworth celebrates

ACROBATIC Michael Duckworth insists there were a lot of positives to come out of the defeat to Sheffield United – including his first ever professional goal.

The 22-year-old right-back loves nothing more than bombing down the flank but he has found that first goal elusive.

Last night, though, he netted in the 50th minute ... before completing two somersaults in front of the Town End!

In the end, his goal proved only a consolation but Duckworth believes there were a lot of positives, not least the performance of the younger players making their first starts of the season.

Kieran Green, Dan Jones and Lewis Hawkins all impressed at Victoria Park.

Duckworth said: “There were a lot of positives and a few young lads came in who haven’t played much.

“We were bright and although the result didn’t go our way the positives were certainly there. The young lads gave us that energy and gave us 110 per cent and they were good to work with.

“Sam (Collins) gave the players their chance and they repaid him.

“It was his first game in charge and he picked a young side which is brave of him. We had nothing to lose really and we just went out there and expressed ourselves.”

The highlight of the night on a personal note was his first ever professional goal, Duckworth having signed from non-league Bradford Park Avenue last summer.

“My eyes lit up when it broke to me,” said Duckworth. “I took the shot and it was deflected but it was on target and I will take that.

“I can’t say it hasn’t been coming!

“It felt nice to get the goal, even with the deflection, but you take goals in any shape or form.

“I had two shots in the last two matches and they had been close so I was really pleased this one went in.”

Reflecting on his elaborate celebration, which he has kept under wraps for more than a year, Duckworth added: “Hawks nearly knocked me over and I just wanted him to get out of the way.

“I have been able to do that for a lot of years now, I don’t know where I practised it - probably from when I had a trampoline in my back garden.”