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INTERVIEW: I'm claiming them both

28 December 2012

Matt Robson on scoring against Pools

Wide man Matt Robson made it five for the season (or was it six ... the debate will rage on!!) when he scored yet another goal(s) against his former club Hartlepool United and we got some immediate post-match reaction to what was a morale boosting victory.

The biggest issue of the day, of course, surrounded the ownership of the first goal.

“Well, let’s put it this way, it was on target!” he said. “I believe someone has given it as an own goal but in my eyes it was mine. I’ll be claiming them both, let’s put it that way.”

“I’m not sure why it is that I seem to get goals against Hartlepool,” he told us. “Maybe I have a point to prove, who knows, but I think this one was about desire. We all knew how important this was and we did it with a clean sheet. That was the most pleasing thing of all.

“It was a result which was needed right throughout the club. Three points was huge for us with the situation we are in and we got it with a display that didn’t have any fear. We looked confident and settled and it was a game we controlled. I don’t think we’ve ever lacked confidence but we definitely had a point to prove as a team. 

“The mindset going into this one was similar to what we showed at Shrewsbury. We are playing well and we should have won that last away game. We didn’t, so it was important to take that into Boxing Day and improve on it.”

“Just about everything we worked on came off for us and there’s a bit of relief in the dressing room when that happens,” he admitted. “We were tight as a unit and we took our chances and, like I say, the clean sheet was massive for us all.”

“I’ll claim the first goal, but the second was definitely mine,” he said. “I was in and around the keeper, and there was some luck involved, so I just swung at it with my right foot. I couldn’t believe it went in but it definitely put us in a good position. We haven’t had much luck like that recently so we’ll take it every day of the week.

“The third goal was important and it was a little stand-up ball for Lee Miller to get his head to. As a winger it’s great to score, but it’s even better to get an assist. That’s the job you are out there to do and it was fantastic to see the big man back and scoring again. He’s had a horrible time with injury so it was nice to be part of that moment with him.”

“Hopefully we’ll kick on with another good result against Bury on Saturday,” he added. “If we get that we can go into the New Year looking up the table. We have all stuck together through what has been a tough time and we’ve worked tremendously hard. Like I say, hopefully this will be the start of something better for us all.”

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