Clark Robertson has admitted that netting his first goal of the season in Blackpool’s win against Cheltenham has lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.
The defender had gone 50 appearances in all competitions without finding the back of the net before scoring Pool’s second in their 3-0 win at the weekend.
He took advantage of some lacklustre defending to smash home from close range after the Robins had failed to clear their lines following a goalmouth scramble – but Robertson was only too happy to take advantage.
“I’m delighted to get the goal,” he said.
“The manager’s been harping on at me in training every week, saying it’s about time I scored, and I was delighted to see it go in the net.
“I think Tom (Aldred) had a shot blocked and I just leathered it into the roof of the net. It’s a weight off my shoulders as it’s been a long time coming.”
He went on to joke: “I’m hoping this means I could get my second and third as I’m hitting form just at the right time.”
The comfortable win saw Blackpool consolidate their play-off spot ahead of their final two League Two fixtures against Notts County and Leyton Orient.
That means Pool, who climbed one spot to sixth, know their play-off destiny remains in their own hands and they will definitely have something to play for on the last day of the season.
“It was a big win for us,” Robertson added.
“We knew going into our last three games that two of them were at home, so we had to win both of our home games and it’s a good way to kick things off by winning the first one.
“We knew they were going to launch balls into our box and play off the big man up top, but I think we dealt with it well.
“We won our first and second balls and took their strengths away.
“I thought the lads were terrific. They fired plenty of long balls into our box but I thought we dealt with it perfectly well.
“We knew it was going to be difficult because they’re battling for their lives.”
Blackpool’s youth team take on Bury in the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup at Gigg Lane tonight, with the match kicking off at 7pm. Full match coverage in tomorrow’s Gazette.