Flinders up for Hartlpool United’s survival fight

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SCOTT Flinders’ long-term goal remains a move to higher plains – but for now the Hartlepool United keeper admits he is immersed in the fight for survival, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Flinders was the one player to emerge from the repeated, heavy defeats which scarred the first half of the season with any credit and his fine form has continued during the recent revival under John Hughes.

The 26-year-old has long been the subject of prying eyes from the Championship, and several Premier League scouts witnessed his heroics during the recent draw at Swindon.

“We really do believe we can survive, we always have, but now more than ever,” he said.

“It honestly would be the best feeling I’ve had in football if we could do it. We’ve given ourselves a fighting chance now and the gaffer has kept on at us about doing that.

“There’s still a long way to go and all we’ve done is given ourselves that chance, but if we keep winning games then the gap could soon narrow – it’s a challenge which is exciting us.”

He added: “I’ve been asked about my future before and I’ve never made any secret of my ambition to one day play at a higher level. But, at the moment, all I’m focused on is keeping Hartlepool in this division.

“That’s all I’m thinking about. Anything else can wait.”

Pools travel to Scunthorpe this weekend knowing that victory could take them to within five points of safety.

Flinders said: “All we can do is stay unbeaten and keep putting points on the board. We can’t get too bogged down by what is happening elsewhere.”