Jack Robinson admits he has learned a valuable lesson as he returns to Blackpool’s squad for tonight’s trip to Yeovil.
The 20-year-old has completed a four-match ban following his red card in the home draw with Blackburn.
The England U21 full-back missed all Pool’s November fixtures as a result of his altercation with Rovers striker DJ Campbell, something he promises will never happen again.
“It was a poor decision by me to get involved,” admits the Liverpool loan man.
“It has been a big learning curve and the gaffer has spoken to me. I saw him (former Pool frontman Campbell) dive in on Matt Gilks, so I walked over and he head-butted Gaz (Gary MacKenzie).
“It was a heated game and I saw the red mist but I’ll never do it again. The four games have killed me with the international break in between. It’s been too long and I can’t wait to get back.”
Robinson made the long trip to the West Country with the rest of the squad yesterday. Robinson is set to be named among the substitutes at Huish Park alongside Barry Ferguson, who is expected to return from an ankle injury.
Robinson added: “Six hours on the coach to Yeovil isn’t ideal but I can’t wait to start playing again. I’ve been at the games, watching from the stands. We were unlucky against Ipswich to come back in the last minute and then concede.
“There have been quite a few injuries in the team. Ozzie (Isaiah Osbourne) is back now and Fergie is getting fit, so hopefully they can get back in the team and make our squad stronger. I can’t wait to get back playing and hopefully the gaffer puts me back in the team.”
The Warrington-born defender played for England U21 against San Marino a fortnight ago and his fitness isn’t a problem.
Robinson travelled to the England camp with Blackpool team-mate Thomas Ince, and he returned to Bloomfield Road raring to go after impressing in the 9-0 rout of San Marino.
“San Marino aren’t great but we played our normal game and kept winning the ball back. We were creating chances constantly and 9-0 didn’t flatter us,” he said.
“I needed 90 minutes but was blowing at half-time. I got my second wind for the second half, so I felt good.”
Robinson, who will remain at Bloomfield Road for the rest of the season, has made 13 appearances and is loving life at Pool.
He said: “I haven’t heard from Liverpool really but I know they are keeping tabs on me, so I just need to keep going and doing well.
“They are leaving me to my own devices. They just want me to get games but I know they have someone in the stands every week. Last season I only had four or five games. Playing here has been fantastic and we’re flying.”