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Supporters Were Brilliant - Sweeney

25 February 2013

Antony Sweeney may be out of action at the moment but that didn't stop him making the trip to Scunthorpe on Saturday where he enjoyed the game from in amongst the Pools fans.

The midfielder is still recovering from a knee injury but was keen to stay right on top of proceedings at the weekend as Pools clashed with one of their main relegation rivals at Glanford Park. 

So rather than sit at home and rely on Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday panel, Sweeney opted instead to jump in the car with his family and sample a matchday from the fans' point of view. 

Almost 500 loyal Poolies sang their hearts out behind the goal on Saturday and were rewarded for their efforts with a first league double over The Iron since 1989/90. 

"It was fantastic," Sweeney told us. 

"I wanted to go down to the game anyway because when you're not involved you're just sitting at home and it's not great. 

"Plus it was one of the biggest games of the season and I wanted to be there to support the lads so I went in with the fans and got a few nice comments from them which was pleasing. 

"The other week I was sat watching Jeff on Soccer Saturday but that's so nerve-wracking so I decided I would have a drive down with the family and it was a really good day. 

"The atmosphere was brilliant, it was bouncing for most of the game - even when Scunthorpe got a goal back and it could have got a bit nervy they just kept on singing.

"From my point of view, the way things have been going this season, you couldn't really have blamed the fans had they been a bit negative but there was none of that and they were a massive help to the players on the pitch. 

"I was just on the edge of celebrating when we scored the goals, just gauging how things were - a couple of my friends were sat in front of me and they lost it for about thirty seconds hugging everyone and anyone! 

"It sounds bad but I guess as a player you can take that support for granted, and it's only when you're in there with them you realise that a lot of people's weeks are geared towards the games and you can see how much it means to them. 

"When you see that first hand it gives you a sense of what the fans are going through - the travelling and the cost involved is huge at times and this season it must have been difficult, but the same people are there every week and it gives you a real spur on seeing that. 

"I've mentioned that to the rest of the lads at training this morning and said how brilliant the fans were so hopefully we can keep that going until the end of the season and there will be plenty more days like Saturday."

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