Hartlepool Utd keeper: We need all three points from Leyton Orient

Scott Flinders makes a save during the game against Swindon Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders makes a save during the game against Swindon Town. Picture by FRANK REID

SCOTT Flinders enjoyed his first clean sheet in more than five months on Tuesday – but he’d sacrifice another shutout for goals at the other end against Leyton Orient.

Flinders was a virtual spectator for large parts during the goalless draw with Portsmouth.

But, just as the backline tightened up, Pools’ frontline dried up, failing to register for the first time since New Year’s Day.

“It’s typical of our season a little bit – we get a clean sheet but then struggle to get something at the other end,” the in-form netminder told SportMail.

“It was a little bit frustrating the other night because we desperately wanted the win – we need nothing less at this stage of the season.

“It was nice to get a clean sheet because it seems like an age since the last one, but I would rather see a 4-3 win than a 0-0 draw.”

He went on: “But we have picked up recently and that’s been great to see for everyone.

“The lads up front are starting to click and the likes of Simon (Walton) and Ritchie (Humphreys) in the middle of the park have been excellent.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance of getting out of this mess, but wins are the name of the game for us now and nothing less than three points will do tomorrow.”

Flinders has been in inspired form of late.

His heroics at Portsmouth (3-1 win) and Swindon Town (1-1 draw) laid the foundation for the points return, manager John Hughes admitting on both occasions that without his saves Pools would have been beaten.

And Flinders – outstanding all season – is relieved to see his efforts finally earning their just rewards.

“It’s been the case in a few games recently that when I’ve made saves it has gone on to make a difference in terms of the result,” he said.

“That’s brilliant and credit to the lads, we’re keeping ourselves in the game then getting something at the other end.

“We’re all in this together and every man needs to play their part if we’re to get out of this – if we could do that then there would be no better feeling.”