Robertson: “It’s been difficult for everyone at Blackpool”

Blackpool's Clark Robertson under pressure from Swindon Town's Henrik Ojamaa
Blackpool's Clark Robertson under pressure from Swindon Town's Henrik Ojamaa
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Clark Robertson admits life at Blackpool has been anything but easy, though the defender always believed the team would turn the corner.

The 22-year-old swapped the comfort of Scottish football to sign a two-year deal at Bloomfield Road in July – his first time away from his home town of Aberdeen.

And after walking into the madness of Blackpool FC, Robertson had to deal with a dreadful start to the season which left the club bottom of League One.

“The first month was very difficult for everyone,” the former Scotland youth international told The Gazette.

“We had a lot of new players but I think things are starting to settle down now.

“We are starting to gel. I suppose it was always going to take time.

“I always knew we had the talent to turn this around. We have won three (in a row) now and we have to try to make it four on Saturday.”

Eyebrows were raised when the Seasiders took a chance on Robertson, who had seen injuries slow his progress.

After being tipped to succeed, four knee operations ruled him out for 10 months of 2013-14 and he made just one appearance for Aberdeen last season.

With a fresh start and a full pre-season behind him, Robertson is proving his doubters wrong and has been a virtual ever-present this term.

He added: “I think I am feeling the strongest and fittest I’ve ever felt in my career.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work in the gym with our sports scientist and on the training field. Hopefully it’s all helping.

“I’ve made 11 appearances now for Blackpool and I’ve managed to have a good run of games down here in my first couple of months.

“I’m just delighted I’ve avoided those niggling injuries. I hope all that is behind me now.

“I’m feeling really strong at the moment and hopefully I can continue to do well for Blackpool.”

Robertson has forged a promising partnership at the back with Tom Aldred for Pool, who have not conceded from open play in their last three games.

A tough-looking trip to Coventry faces Pool this weekend and Robertson is keen to continue the winning run.

“There’s no point winning three games and stopping,” he said. “We have to pick up as many points as possible.

“We don’t have the biggest of squads but I think we have real strength in depth.

“I think there’s a lot to be pleased about at the moment.”