Pools goalkeeper Scott Flinders relieved to see team-mates end goal drought

Scott Flinders catches the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders catches the ball. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United goalkeeper Scott Flinders admits it was a “relief” to see his team-mates finally score at Yeovil Town on Saturday after watching them go eight hours without a goal.

The 26-year-old was the star man for the visitors during the 1-0 triumph and manager Neale Cooper conceded afterwards that, without his efforts, Pools would have been beaten at Huish Park.

And Flinders told SportMail that Ryan Noble’s second-half strike provided the backline with an added incentive in at last handing them a lead to defend.

“I don’t go into games thinking ‘we haven’t scored for so long’ or whatever – it’s something which happens in football,” he said.

“But I must admit to get that goal was a relief for everyone.

“It takes the pressure off a little bit and it’s a relief to have something to hang onto and to focus on.

“When we go ahead we know we can defend well in those situations and Saturday proved that.”

And, of the goalscorer, Flinders added: “Ryan has brought something extra up front.

“We’ve missed Luke James – that pace and enthusiasm – but Ryan brings that to the team and it was a cracking goal.”