Hartlepool Utd’s Monkhouse to take AFC Wimbledon angst out on Scunthorpe Utd

Andy Monkhouse in action against York City. Photograph by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse in action against York City. Photograph by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United have the perfect chance to take out their frustrations from the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Wimbledon when Scunthorpe United come to town on Saturday.

That is the view of Andy Monkhouse who knows the game against the second-placed team in Sky Bet League Two will be a tough test for Colin Cooper’s 14th placed side.

But he is hopeful of getting a result, as long as they can eradicate individual errors.

Pools dominated the opening 45 minutes on Tuesday night against Wimbledon, creating several chances to score before Luke James eventually found the back of the net with a close-range effort in the 43rd minute.

Bradley Walker, Monkhouse and Marlon Harewood all had chances to extend the lead but Pools were made to pay and goals in the 74th and 76th minute from Will Antwi and substitute Danny Hylton respectively, sealed the win for the Dons.

The Dons’ equaliser came after keeper Scott Flinders misjudged a long free-kick into the Pools penalty area, which allowed Antwi to nod the ball into the empty net.

Defeat came on the back of a morale-boosting 2-0 win over York City last Saturday and versatile Monkhouse said his team-mates will be looking to build on the last win at Victoria Park.

The 33-year-old is comfortable playing in a wide-left position or through the middle of the park and described The Iron – who have drawn their last three matches – as a “good footballing team”.

They are currently second in League Two with 50 points after drawing 0-0 at home to Fleetwood Town on Monday night, a match the Pools camp watched in their hotel ahead of their game against the Dons.

Leeds-born Monkhouse, who stands at 6ft 2”, said: “Scunthorpe United is a chance to try and take out some of the frustrations from the Wimbledon match.

“We watched their game on Monday night and they are a good footballing team and are near the top of the league for a reason.

“But we won at home on Saturday against York City and maybe we will have to change a few things from Tuesday night, eradicate the individual errors and hopefully get a positive result,” added the former Rotherham United and Swindon Town forward.