It can be a lonely world when things aren’t going your way as a goalkeeper, as Hartlepool United’s Ben Killip found out.

The England C international arrived at Victoria Park with high expectations as Scott Loach’s replacement between the sticks.

But the 23-year-old’s start to life in the north east didn’t go as planned as he conceded eight goals in his opening three home games.

With that, the early expectation soon turned into criticism directed towards Killip, who admitted himself that he ‘personally wasn’t doing well’.

In addition, manager Craig Hignett felt his young number 1 was getting intimidated by the change in atmosphere following his summer switch from Braintree Town.

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