Clark Robertson talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United defender Clark Robertson insists he is fully-aware that he must maintain his current standards to ensure a regular place in Paul Warne’s starting 11.
The Scotsman has turned in a number of impressive performances since establishing himself in the Millers’ rearguard, before receiving the added boost provided by netting his first goal in his new club’s colours in the home game with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old has realised his long-term goal of playing football in the second tier this season and is keen to continue to ply his trade in the Championship.
“I think my performance levels have been very high but they've got to be with the players that we have at this club,” Robertson told www.themillers.co.uk.
“Woody has been left out the last few games but he has been different class this season so I have to keep it up.
“When I left Aberdeen a few years ago to sign for Blackpool, Championship football was always my aim. I wanted to get in there with them when I joined them but it wasn't to be. I think my performances have earned me the right to get here so I'm just enjoying life in the second tier now.”
Robertson rose highest in the box in midweek to meet a Will Vaulks’ delivery with a wonderful looping header for his first goal for Rotherham United, leaving the central defender elated.
“I was obviously delighted. I think the manager said to me before the game that I would score as well,” he explained.
“I'd had a chance against Sheffield United and I was unlucky not to score then, so I'm thrilled to get my first goal for the club.
“He's [Paul Warne] big on set pieces. Whether that's from long throws, corners or free kicks. I was just looking to get on the end of Will's ball into the box and I thought I attacked it well and it looped over the 'keeper.
“I kind of got free. I was expecting the 'keeper to come and smash me almost.”
Meannwhile, Robertson believes he and his Millers teammates have become a sterner test for opponents on the road this season and is hopeful they can be equally difficult a proposition at Norwich on Saturday.
“I think we've been more difficult to beat away from home recently so there's no reason why we can't go there and make it tough for them and hopefully come away with some points on the board.”