Colin Larkin thanks Hartlepool United fans

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A RELIEVED Colin Larkin has thanked the Victoria Park faithful who stuck by him during his 49-game goal drought.

The Irishman’s double during Saturday’s 5-2 thumping at Walsall brought to an end his 18-month barren spell in front of the posts.

Larkin, whose only other Pools goal came during a 3-0 win over Walsall last season, accepts it would have been easy for supporters to jump on his back during the scoreless streak.

But their faith was rewarded at The Banks’s Stadium when the 28-year-old took on the mantle of master marksman, netting either side of half-time to fire Pools into a two-goal lead.

Larkin made a direct bolt for the 200 visiting fans following his opener and said that celebration was a show of appreciation for their backing.

“I could see in the fans’ faces that they enjoyed the goals just as much as I did,” said Larkin, who arrived at Victoria Park in the summer of 2009 from Northampton Town.

“I’d like to thank them because some players come to clubs and don’t score for ages and the fans get on their backs.

“But they’ve been great with me over the past couple of seasons.

“I always give my best and always try to leave everything on the pitch – I think the fans see that and that’s why they’ve stuck by me like they have, which has been brilliant.”

For Larkin, the remaining matches are a chance to show supporters they won’t have to wait another year and a half to celebrate one of his goals.

“For me, I want to stay in the team now and bang in some more goals,” he added.