Myles Anderson not fazed by past injuries and the moment that proved it during Hartlepool United's 1-1 draw at Dover Athletic

Myles Anderson wants to put his injury troubles behind him after completing his first 90-minutes for Hartlepool United this season.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 11:45 am
Myles Anderson of Hartlepool United leaves the field with a head injury during the Vanarama National League match between Chorley and Hartlepool United at Victory Park, Chorley on Saturday 24th August 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News & Sport Ltd)
Myles Anderson of Hartlepool United leaves the field with a head injury during the Vanarama National League match between Chorley and Hartlepool United at Victory Park, Chorley on Saturday 24th August 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News & Sport Ltd)

The Pools defender had mouth surgery during pre-season which sidelined him for the opening weeks of the 2019-20 campaign.

His first start this season came at Chorley where he picked up a problematic concussion which left him unavailable for over a month and left him unable to break into the first team picture.

Despite picking up two head related injuries over the past 12-months, Anderson didn’t shirk anything on his return to the starting 11 at Dover Athletic on Saturday as he literally put his head in where it hurts.

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One moment in particular saw the defender bravely head the ball clear while in competition with a high Dover boot attempting to win the ball.

And that summed up his performance well, as he said: “”I can’t allow past injuries to affect my game because putting my head where it hurts is my game when it comes to being brave and getting stuck in.

“If I allow those injuries to change my game or add a bit of hesitation then I’m not the same player.

“Whenever I’m out on the pitch or in training, I know I have to give 100 per-cent and put my body on the line because that’s my job.”

In a cheeky admittance, the defender revealed: “Fortunately the player didn’t catch me on the head anyway, I just made sure we won a free-kick!”