Pools’ recent run of wonderful form is no surprise to weekend match-winner Andy Monkhouse and he reckons he knows exactly what is at the heart of their climb up the table – hard work.
The 33-year-old powered home a header eleven minutes from time to help Colin Cooper’s men record their sixth win in seven at the weekend – the gutsy 2-1 triumph over Dagenham & Redbridge a third consecutive victory on home soil.
It lifted Pools to within three points of League Two’s play-off positions and only five points shy of an automatic spot, dismissing ever-distant memories of a sluggish start to the campaign.
Now Monkhouse and his team-mates are determined to maintain the momentum by continuing to win games by whatever method necessary.
“There are hard games every week in this league though but there are lots of different ways to win,” he told Pools Player.
“We all want to pass the ball about and score unbelievable goals but that’s not always going to happen – you have to work hard, do your jobs individually and as a team, and hopefully that sees you come out on top.
“At 1-1 I think if you asked their players and manager they would have felt only one team was going to win it, but we regrouped and I was lucky enough to score the winner.
“I think Aussie made an unbelievable block and Scotty made some good saves but I think all the players, including the subs who came on, were pushing in the same direction and thankfully we came out winners.
“Football’s funny – last week we were dejected because we played well and lost. Seven days later we had the chance to put that right and everyone’s gone home smiling so now we have to take that in to the Notts County game.”
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