Robbie Willmott hoping to keep his place for Rochdale trip
ROBBIE Willmott continues to create goals and controversy in equal measures and he’s hoping he’s done enough to keep his place for Saturday’s trip to Rochdale.
The Newport County AFC star forced the winner, which was eventually credited as an own goal by Connor Essam, at Crawley Town on Tuesday night and was then involved in an altercation with a home substitute.
It follows his on field bust-up with teammate Mike Flynn against Torquay United last month after setting up two goals on that occasion.
This time Willmott insists he was the innocent party as Crawley frustrations grew in the closely contested Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie.
“I was just playing for time, trying to run the clock down a bit and one of their players just took a swipe at me,” he said.
“One of their subs kicked me in the knees, I went down but the ref said he got the ball.
“Obviously the crowd didn’t like it that I got back up but I just didn’t understand what he was doing. I got booed but I don’t mind that.”
The 23-year-old was dropped for the 0-0 draw at Bury but he’s hoping to start at Rochdale this Saturday, whether it is in attack or midfield.
“I didn’t play at Bury so I had to show a response and hopefully I’ve done that,” he said.
“The gaffer wasn’t happy at half-time because of the performance but we all stepped it up second half.
“The man getting sent off helped us but I think we played well and I had a good game on the left, setting up two goals so I’m happy with that. It was a good day.
“I ran off thinking the winner was my goal and the man on the Tannoy gave it to me so I’ll take it!
“I’ve played wing-back, centre-midfield, in the hole and now left of three up front so I’ve been all over the place but I don’t mind,” he added.
“As long as I’m playing I’m happy and hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place for Saturday.”
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