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BACK IN THE GOALS

Posted on 29 September 2006  - 12:00

Speaking from the perspective of the team, Robbie Keane admitted it was a relief to get back on the goal trail against Slavia Prague.

Speaking from the perspective of the team, Robbie Keane admitted it was a relief to get back on the goal trail against Slavia Prague.

Robbie put the seal on our passage through to the group stage of the UEFA Cup with his second half winner against the Czechs, totting up a 2-0 aggregate win after what was also a single goal victory in the first leg.

It was a first goal of the season for the captain for the night and, while he has said before that periods without goals do not prove a major concern to him, the fact that the whole team were going without made it all the more vital he found his range again.

"Exactly, we'd only scored three goals and as a team it annoys you because you want to win every game," said Robbie after emerging from the dressing room. "It is important we keep playing, keep working hard for each other and we did that here and got our rewards for it.

"As I said in the week, I knew if I got a good chance I would put it away. There was one in the first half where I thought I could have done better and should have taken a touch because it was a little bit behind me.

"Luckily enough, in the second half I was able to catch one nicely and it hit the back of the net. It is not about me scoring though, it is about getting the result. For the team and the confidence - hopefully we will now kick on."

Robbie now hopes the boys can enter into Sunday's home encounter against high-flying Portsmouth with renewed vigour as we prepare to welcome back three players who departed the Club for the south coast in January.

"It was important we got a good result, although with a 0-0 we would have still been through, but we wanted to win and get our confidence up.

"We can now look forward to a big game on Sunday.

"All the lads are coming back and it will be nice to see them again. Pedro, Noe and Davo are good lads and Pompey are doing really well.

"They started off on fire but hopefully they will have another hiccup on Sunday after losing to Bolton."