Seasiders' defender was due a goal

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer said it was about time defender Clark Robertson got his name on the scoresheet.

Monday, 24th April 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:50 pm
Clark Robertson celebrates his first goal of the season during Saturdays win against Cheltenham Town
Clark Robertson celebrates his first goal of the season during Saturdays win against Cheltenham Town

The 23-year-old Scot hit the back of the net for the first time this season in Pool’s dominant 3-0 win against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The centre-back scored the second of Pool’s goals, with Mark Cullen and Neil Danns scoring either side of his effort.

“I thought we played ever so well,” Bowyer said.

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“We were on the front foot very quickly and we had a couple of great chances early doors and Neil Danns hits the post.

“But then we settled down and we were strong.

“We probably could have scored more than the two in the first half.

“We were slightly frustrated that we had a couple of great opportunities for someone to tap it in but we just didn’t have enough bodies getting into the box.

“So we spoke about that but for the first goal I thought Colin Daniel was outstanding taking his player on before his cross.

“I know what you’re saying when you say Mark Cullen was a bit lucky but he made the run to get across the near post and he hadn’t done that previously.

“So I think he deserved that luck. That’s probably what we were just missing, players gambling.

“But we got a good second through some decent movement so we were happy with that but it was about time Clark scored.

“He always goes up but we were getting to the point where we were saying there’s almost no point.

“But I’m sure he’ll be reminding me he should be going after this one.

“It’s massively important that defenders contribute goals and that’s probably an area this season we’ve not had enough of, obviously barring Kelvin (Mellor).”

With a two-goal lead at half-time, Pool weathered some early pressure at the start of the second period and put the game to bed through Danns’ goal.

The goal from the on-loan Bury man came after a fluid attack involving a number of Pool’s attacking players, eventually leaving the midfielder with a simple tap in.

“I thought the third goal was a terrific team goal,” Bowyer added. “We spoke at half-time about not being selfish and enjoying setting people up and that’s what we’ve done.

“It was a great ball from Pottsy to play Colin Daniel in. He could have quite easily shot but he unselfishly set up Neil Danns.

“I thought Danns and Jack Payne were outstanding in the middle of the park, as were Tom (Aldred) and Clark (Robertson) at the back who dealt with Cheltenham’s physical presence and aerial threat ever so well.”