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Callum Robinson Cements Place In PNE History With FA Cup Hat-trick

10 November 2014

Youngster Callum Robinson became the first North End man to net a hat-trick away from home in the FA Cup since the 1926/27 season as the Lilywhites progressed to round two.

Simon Grayson’s men swept aside Havant & Waterlooville of the Conference South 3-0 thanks to the No.27’s hat-trick as the hosts finished with nine men.

And the Aston Villa loanee was pleased to write his name in the Club’s history books.

“I didn’t know that but it is nice to hear and hopefully I can get many more,” said Robinson following the full time whistle.

“I am really happy, first of all to get the result, we needed that after losing the last two games but I’m really happy to get my first senior hat-trick.

“It has come earlier than I thought it would and I am really happy.”

Robinson gave PNE the perfect start with the opener inside seven minutes before a clinical volley made it two at the break.

And the England U20 international wrapped up the win from the penalty spot after seeing his shot deliberately hand balled on the line by Warren Cummins who received a straight red card for the offence.

And Robinson stated that supporting the strikers is something he has been working on in training over the past few weeks.

“We have been working on the game plan and the gaffer has been telling me to get in at the back post and there will be lots of goals for me and we have been working on it, crossing and finishing at training, so it is good that it has come off tonight with one goal from a cross.”

“As I said, we have lost our last two games so we needed to start brightly and the longer it goes without scoring a goal it is not good when coming to these places, but we got an early goal, it was a good ball by
Paul Huntington, and I ran on to it and got the goal which got us off to a good start and it helped us for the rest of the game.”

Robinson also paid tribute to the PNE faithful who travelled in numbers again to the south coast to get behind the team.

“It was unbelievable the amount of fans that came tonight,” added the hat-trick hero.

“It was a Monday night, it was on TV and they could have stayed at home in the warm, but they have travelled down and watched and all of the lads have thanked them by going over to clap them.”

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