ANDY’S SCOT NO TOP-FLIGHT FEAR

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JAMES McMATH

HULL de­fender Andy Robert­son is re­fus­ing to feel the fear in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old was play­ing am­a­teur foot­ball 18 months ago, but is now rub­bing shoul­ders with some of the big­gest names in the game.

The left-back made his de­but for Queen’s Park in the Scot­tish Third di­vi­sion in 2012 and now he’s a Scot­land in­ter­na­tional play­ing in the top tier of English foot­ball.

He joined Hull from Dundee United for £2.85mil­lion in the sum­mer and on Satur­day found him­self up against Ser­gio Aguero as Manch­ester City out­gunned the Tigers 4-2.

Robert­son said: “Of course, it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, although I don’t think you will get a much tougher test than against the cham­pi­ons, the best team in the league.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and learn­ing curve for me and all the boys. I thor­oughly en­joyed it, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get a pos­i­tive re­sult.

“I have come a long way. I look back at the play­ers I have played against and now the ones who I am play­ing against and th­ese are prob­a­bly some of the big­gest names in the world.

“But once you are out there, it is just 11 ver­sus 11 and you’ve earned the right just as much as them.”

Surg­ing

Hull have high hopes for Robert­son, but the Glaswe­gian knows he still has a lot to learn.

He said: “Since I’ve been here I have had a pro­gramme for work­ing in the gym, like I had at United. I ex­pected that be­cause, after all, I was still part-time 18 months ago.

“If you are work­ing dur­ing the day you can’t put the same work into your foot­ball, but I am just tak­ing things slowly. Has it all sunk in? Yes and no.

“I have done a pretty good job there so far and I just want to con­tinue that.

“I don’t feel that I’ve made the big time now. I never think like that. I’m the same per­son I was at school two years ago.”

Robert­son’s surg­ing runs down the left have helped Hull be­come a stronger at­tack­ing force this sea­son and the Tigers have scored in ev­ery league match so far.

The trou­ble for man­ager Steve Bruce is that his side are strug­gling to keep clean sheets.

They have failed to shut any team out since the open­ing day of the sea­son.

But Robert­son is sure Hull will get back to their best.

He said: “We have not had a clean sheet since QPR in the first game and we need to get back to get­ting them.

“We need to get the de­fen­sive struc­ture right and once we get that, with the threat go­ing for­ward, we have shown we can score goals.

“If we can keep teams out, then we will score goals.”

FIX­TURES

SCARY MOVE: Robert­son in ac­tion for Hull and Aguero

fires in against the Tigers

STRUG­GLING: Bruce

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