Defender On First Professional Goal
Clark Robertson’s first professional goal proved decisive for Blackpool on Tuesday night, as they progressed in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and the defender was delighted to play his part.
Robertson headed home José Cubero’s free-kick, with assistance from the woodwork and goalkeeper, just minutes after conceding a penalty to let Port Vale back into the contest.
Once the 22-year-old had atoned for his foul Blackpool held on without much trouble and extended their winning run to three matches in all competitions.
“It’s my first professional goal, but I’m just delighted to get the win and put us into the next round,” Robertson said. “It’s hit the bar and keeper but is definitely my goal.
“I don’t think they had real clear-cut opportunities after that. It was backs to the wall for the last 15 minutes because they were going long, but I thought me, Tom (Aldred), Charles (Dunne) and Luke (Higham) dealt with them well.”
Neil McDonald opted to ring the changes at Vale Park in a bid to spread out the game time, and Robertson believes the performance highlights the quality throughout Pool's squad.
“They obviously had a massive win on Saturday and going into this game only made two changes, while we made eight, so it shows the strength in depth we have.
“We don’t have the biggest of squads, but we have real quality. Lots of lads came in and I thought Luke was excellent on his debut, so there was a lot to be pleased about,” he added.