Scott Flinders on his penalty save and upfield dash against Preston

Scott Flinders in attack against Preston North End. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Flinders in attack against Preston North End. Picture by FRANK REID

GOALKEEPER Scott Flinders thought he was about to repeat his goalscoring heroics during the 1-0 defeat to Preston North End.

It was two seasons ago that the netminder raced upfield to head a last-minute equaliser against Bournemouth.

Yesterday, with the game entering stoppage time, Flinders – who had already saved a penalty - again joined his outfield comrades in the opposition area and came close to forcing home a dramatic leveller.

And the 26-year-old reflected: “It was similar to my first goal, I was just putting myself amongst bodies and putting my head in where it hurts.

“When the ball popped up I thought I was going to get on it.

“Big Stevie (Howard) got there just before me and it was saved, but I thought for a split-second I might do it again.

“Sadly it wasn’t to be because I thought we deserved at least a point from the game.

“It was so important to get a result to get momentum after Saturday (3-2 win at Sheffield United).

“So it’s disappointing that it didn’t work out.”

Flinders had earlier denied former Barnsley team-mate Nicky Wroe when leaping to glove clear his first-half penalty before John Mousinho headed in from a corner just minutes later.

And he went on: “It was a nice moment saving from a former team-mate and I’d had a bit banter with him in the tunnel before the game.

“Looking at his run-up I knew he was going to go that way.

“So that was brilliant but then we concede a poor goal.

“I was a bit unsighted and it went through my legs.

“I thought I’d saved it at first because it rebounded off both of my legs.

“The wind played a factor, as a goalie it’s the worst condition you can have.

“I expected to come for the cross but it carried further.”