Hartlepool Utd star’s best ever goal joy short lived in Brentford defeat

Sam Collins celebrates his goal against Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins celebrates his goal against Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID

SAM Collins regrets that the elation of his “best-ever Pools goal” was lost within 90 seconds of it hitting the back of the net.

The 34-year-old had only just made the score 1-1 at Brentford on Saturday with eight minutes remaining when the hosts were awarded a penalty.

Gary Alexander saw his initial effort saved by Scott Flinders but blasted home the rebound to win it for the Bees.

But Collins thought he had rescued a point for his team when he swept a 22-yard strike into the bottom corner after side-stepping a pair of home defenders – only for some disputed refereeing and a slice of cruel luck to curtail his joy.

“It was brilliant to score and I thought we’d just see the game out – that’s what we normally do away from home,” he told SportMail.

“But straight away we concede a pen, which I don’t think it was.

“The two of them (Tony Sweeney and Toumani Diagouraga) challenged for the ball and neither of them came out with it, so for him to give a pen when there was nothing in it was disappointing.”

But Collins does admit to being pleased with his own, clever effort.

“It’s definitely the best goal I’ve scored for Pools and right up there with the best of my career,” he went on.

“I said to Peter Hartley afterwards ‘It’s the first time I’ve had a shot in five years’.

“It just dropped to me and two of their lads were in the way.

“I wanted to put it the other side but couldn’t get it there.

“So I gave the keeper the eyes a little bit and went to the other side

– I even put a bit of swazz on it.”

Full story in Monday’s Mail