Scott Flinders to stick to what he does best for Hartlepool United

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SCOTT Flinders insists he has no plans to become the latest gloved goalscoring sensation.

Instead, Saturday’s last-gasp hero is more than happy to retreat the shadows of his own penalty box and leave the headline-making to his team-mates.

Flinders became the first ever Pools goalkeeper to net in normal time when he headed a 93rd-minute equaliser in the final home game of the season against Bournemouth.

But, rather than fancy himself as the next Jose Luis Chilavert, the Paraguayan keeper who scored more than 50 times during his career, the Victoria Park No.1 will stick to preventing goals at the other end of the pitch.

“I’ve no desire to be the next goalscoring goalkeeper – I’ll stick to being the consistent and dependable Scott Flinders,” the 24-year-old said.

“My job is to stop goals, not score them, although I might be asking for a goal bonus when it comes to re-negotiating my contract!”

Flinders’ goal had all the hallmarks of a man who has spent his entire career putting the ball in the back of the net, a bullet header into the bottom corner having out-jumped two opposition defenders.

And the former Crystal Palace stopper has revealed that training methods employed by goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh often sees both himself and deputy Andy Rafferty take on the role of striker.

“To be honest, we’ve been working on different scenarios in training with Gary Walsh,” he added.

“Sometimes you are used as an outfield player, so we have been working on headers in goalkeeping situations – so I’ve been getting a bit of practice with Walshy.”

Many a goalkeeper has often spoken of a longing to ditch their gloves and try their hand as an outfield player.

Flinders, though, insists he’s never harboured such ambition, even admitting that he can’t remember the last time he scored a goal in a match situation, dating right back to his school days.