Hartlepool Utd’s Monkhouse wants week to end on another high at Exeter City

Andy Monkhouse celebrates his goal against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse celebrates his goal against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

ANDY Monkhouse has had some week at Hartlepool United – and he wants it to end on another high.

The 32-year-old will be one of Colin Cooper’s key men tomorrow at Exeter, where Pools are looking to make it three wins on the spin (kick-off 3pm).

Monkhouse set the ball rolling with a stunning near 30-yard screamer at Mansfield last Saturday when Pools won 4-1 at the third-placed Stags.

And on Tuesday night, the versatile attacker made his 300th appearance for the club in the 1-0 victory at Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“It’s been a really good week and hopefully it can carry on,” he said.

“I was pleased with my goal at Mansfield, but the overall performance was first-class.

“It was then so important to go to Sheffield and not let that win be forgotten.

“Tuesday was a big one for us, we didn’t want to play well on Saturday and then let ourselves down.

“It wasn’t as fluid as Mansfield, but it was a positive result and performance.

“The lads came back in yesterday buzzing.

“Exeter have stated well, but we need not be scared of anyone.

“They are third and we are near the bottom, so everyone expects us to lose – that’s fine.

“We go there with no fear at all.”

Monkhouse is, arguably, playing as well as ever in a Pools shirt.

Yes, his goal at Field Mill was up there as one of his best but the rest of his game is matching his finishing.

The Leeds-born player joined Pools in the 2006-07 promotion season and was viewed as something of a lucky charm.

He says he is proud over reaching his triple century but there’s more games - and hopefully goals - to come.

“It was nice to get to 300 games the other night,” he explained.

“I don’t think I could see that coming when I first came here on loan.

“Now I’m trying to see how many more I need to get into the top 10!

“Hopefully I can get more games and I’ve enjoyed every one of them.

“I’ve played left, right, up front, but I’ve said numerous times that I will play where the manager wants me to play.”