Hartlepool Utd’s Monkhouse wants to catch top scorer James

Andy Monkhouse scores the winning goal against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse scores the winning goal against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture by FRANK REID

GOALSCORING midfielder Andy Monkhouse hasn’t set himself any goal targets for the season.

But he admits he would love to catch up with Hartlepool United’s top scorer Luke James.

Monkhouse scored his third goal of the campaign – and 64th career goal – when he headed home the winner in the 2-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.

The 33-year-old has been much improved this season and said he would like to continue his form in front of goal but is not putting any pressure on himself when it comes to setting targets.

The victory over the Daggers at Victoria Park was Pools’ fifth league win in six outings and the versatile midfielder says as long as the team keep winning he isn’t too concerned who is putting the ball in the net.

Although Monkhouse admits he would love to catch up with seven-goal top scorer James, who was yesterday nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award.

Monkhouse said: “I don’t really set myself targets – although I have told Luke I am going to catch him.

“I will be looking to catch him first and then see where it takes me.

“I joke about it but it really doesn’t matter who scores and I think all the lads in the dressing room are the same.

“Whoever scores, we keep winning and see where we go.”

Asked whether it is important to share the goals around the team, Monkhouse added: “I suppose so but if Luke

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scores 20 goals I’ll snap your hand off, or if Poolie scores 20.

“As long as we keep scoring goals.

“You don’t want to be heavily reliant on one player of course but I think we have players in the team and around the squad who can score goals.”

The battling win over Dagenham & Redbridge saw Pools climb one spot to 13th in a very tight Sky Bet League Two with 21 points from the opening 15 matches.

Colin Cooper’s men are now just three points off the play-off spots and it was a welcome return to winning ways after the previous weekend’s 1-0 defeat away to Scunthorpe United.

But this weekend brings a break from league action with Pools taking on Notts County at Victoria Park in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Monkhouse added: “Football is funny, the week before we came off dejected and then seven days later you have a chance to put it right and we have did that against Dagenham.

“Everybody then goes home with a smile on their face, the fans, the staff and the players.

“We’ll enjoy the win and then it’s back to work and knuckle down for Notts County.”