Clark Robertson won’t be forgetting Tuesday’s winner against Port Vale any time soon – it was his first ever goal!
The defender’s second-half header sealed a 2-1 victory at Vale Park and sent Blackpool into Saturday’s draw for the regional quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy.
And it’s a strike which will be going into the Robertson family scrapbook.
He said: “It’s my first ever goal in senior football, so I’m delighted it won us the game.
“It has taken me around 80 appearances as a professional to get my first goal, so I’m obviously delighted.
“I saw the ball coming in from Jose Cubero and I got my head on it. I was pleased to see it go in off the bar.”
Robertson has been a virtual ever-present since arriving from Aberdeen this summer, playing at centre-back and left-back.
Tuesday’s JPT second round tie was eventful for 22-year-old, who admits he could easily have been sent off for a foul on Enoch Andoh, which resulted in Vale equalising from the penalty spot.
Robertson confessed: “I was expecting the referee to give me a red card to be honest, although I think Luke Higham bailed me out a bit by getting round to cover.
“I was just delighted it was a yellow card, especially when I went up the other end and scored.”
Pool haven’t conceded a goal from open play in their last three games. Robertson has featured in all those matches and has joined Tom Aldred at the heart of defence since Liverpool loanee Lloyd Jones was injured.
And the Scot is pleased with the developing partnership. He added: “We were obviously gutted for Lloyd and hopefully he gets back to fitness soon, but Tom and I have forged a partnership now and we are gelling every week. Hopefully that can continue.
“I didn’t think Port Vale had any real clear-cut opportunities, though it was a little backs-to-the-wall in the last 15 minutes.
“They were just going long but I thought our back four dealt with it really well.
“We were delighted about how well we defended.”
Saturday’s postponed League One game at Bradford City has been rearranged for Tuesday November 3 (7.45pm).