Match of the Day: Threesy does it for Hartlepool with 3-0 win over Millwall in December 2009

Former Hartlepool United striker Adam Boyd
Former Hartlepool United striker Adam Boyd

GIANT Icelandic targetman Armann Bjornsson had struggled to make an impact at Victoria Park after arriving from Norwegian outfit SK Brann in the summer of 2009.

But with strikers Denis Behan and James Brown ruled out until the New Year he was handed his chance to shine against Millwall at Victoria Park and shine he did in the 3-0 win.

Match of the Day: Hartlepool United beat Millwall 3-0.

Match of the Day: Hartlepool United beat Millwall 3-0.

His effort was his second goal in two games and director of sport Chris Turner was left praising the big man.

Turner told SportMail: “He’s had to bide his time, he’s been very patient whereas some of the players might have been banging on the door.

“Now he’s got an opportunity and he’s got to keep up that performance level.

“It’s very hard when you’re transferred from one club to another.

“When you’re coming from another country and another culture, it is twice as hard.

“He hasn’t shown in the reserves what he showed on Saturday but for some players, reserve-team football is not their forte.

“He has been put into the side because of the loss of Behan and Brown.

“But if he plays like that. I can’t see those two getting back in automatically.”

Playing in the Pools side that day were goalkeeper Scott Flinders and defenders Neil Austin and Sam Collins - all of who are still playing for the club. It was defender Peter Hartley that opened the scoring in the 12th minute before striker Adam Boyd netted in the 22nd.

Bjornsson then struck the third before the half-hour mark to seal a comfortable 3-0 win, to leave Pools 11th in League One. Pools: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Liddle, Hartley, McSweeney, Sweeney, Humphreys, Monkhouse, Bjornsson, Boyd. Subs: Cook, Rowell, Cherel, Fredriksen, Clark, Greulich. Attendance: 3,153.