Trevor Carson handed his gloves to a young fan following Saturday’s win over Barnet – and then admitted that it was a gesture to show his appreciation for the entire travelling support.
Almost 350 travelling fans enjoyed a 3-1 win over The Bees during the Club’s first-ever visit to The Hive, creating an outstanding atmosphere to spur Pools on to a first away victory since October.
Afterwards, as the players thanked the supporters for their backing, Carson spotted a young girl in the crowd who reminded him of his own young daughter and decided to give her the gloves her wore in the game.
“People ask me for gloves all the time but this time wasn’t really planned,” Carson explained.
“Obviously the fans were different class and when I went over the little girl stood out – I have a daughter myself and when I saw her in the crowd her baby doll on such a freezing day, I couldn’t help but give her the gloves.
“It was a small gesture really – I get loads of sponsored gloves, but it meant loads to her and her family and it’s the least I could have done.
“I gave the gloves to her but really it was a gesture to all the supporters because it felt like a home game on Saturday – they just didn’t stop singing, even when we were 1-0 down.”
Carson has been one of Pools’ outstanding performers this season and he’s determined to help the team hit a more consistent run of form between now and the end of the campaign.
And the Northern Ireland international is certain that the fans can also play their part as Craig Hignett’s men look to drive clear of the bottom two in the League Two table.
He remembers all too well how much a role the fans played as Pools made their remarkable ‘great escape’ last term and he wants them to re-create that kind of atmosphere at The Vic during this term’s run-in.
“I am a football fan myself; I go and watch Rangers and you do get upset and frustrated at times,” he admitted.
“You don’t mean to have a negative effect on the team but it can happen – we’re quite a young team and when the fans get frustrated it can have an impact.
“I look at some of the players and you can see their confidence being affected, it’s happened to a few of the boys this season, even though I know the fans don’t mean to.
“When I came with Cheltenham last season Hartlepool won the game 2-0 but the thing that stood out to me that day was the fans – they roared the ball in to the net.
“They can be amazing and I don’t think they realise how much of an influence they can have.
“I know it’s up to us to give them something to cheer about and we haven’t given them much this season – but you saw on Saturday then we when we do they’re as good as any fans in this league and in the country really.
“I have said to my family back home, I don’t know if it’s something to do with the north-east mentality – they’re just so passionate about football.
“When I was at Sunderland I used to travel to game even when I wasn’t in the squad and go in the away end, the support was crazy and it’s like that here too.”
Victory at Barnet has buoyed spirits in the Pools camp ahead this weekend’s crunch clash with Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park and Carson wants the team to show that on the pitch.
“If we can win again on Saturday it would be the first time in a while we’ve won back-to-back.
“Too many times we’ve won a game and hoped it was the catalyst and it’s not happened so we have to put that in to action on Saturday.
“It’s a huge game this weekend, there’s no getting away from it. People were writing Dagenham off but they’ve picked up a bit of momentum so it’s up to us to stamp that out on Saturday.”
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