ROBBIE WILLIAMS has got a new nickname.
“Some of the lads were saying David Ginola’s back on the scene,” quipped the left-back after scoring the winner with his right foot against Hartlepool on Saturday.
“I don’t know about that, but it was great to get another goal and great that it helped us get the win we wanted.”
The Barnsley old boy now has three goals for the campaign, his second sealing a 1-0 win in Town’s last away match, at Oldham at the start of the month.
That was by the more traditional Williams route – a free-kick drilled in with his highly accurate left foot.
The nature of the strike against Hartlepool, when the defender picked up Anthony Pilkington’s pass and beat two men on a run into the box before shooting home, certainly surprised teammate Antony Kay.
“I’ve never seen Robbie so far up the pitch,” said the midfielder, who also played alongside Williams at Barnsley.
“I think he got lost, and he must have risked having a nosebleed!
“All joking aside, it was a fantastic strike, and none of the lads would mind if he got a few more like that!”
Meanwhile Nathan Clarke has spoken of his surprise at being initially credited with Town’s first goal, which actually went in off Hartlepool left-back Peter Hartley after Pilkington’s free-kick smacked against the right-hand upright.
“There was a bit of a melee after the ball bounced back out, but it definitely went in off their lad’s thigh,” said Clarke. “I’ll take it if they want, but it wasn’t really mine.”