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Keane on goal chase

Posted on 6 October 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Robbie Keane insists that his lack of a goal so far for the club so far will not affect his confidence and feels it is just a case of the floodgates opening when the first one goes in.

Misfiring strikers have been in the news during this early part of the season with most of the comment focusing on Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Owen has now answered his critics in the best way possible with a hat-trick against Manchester City on Saturday and Robbie is aware that attention could switch to him - even after only four games.

Keane came very close to opening his account against Cardiff on Tuesday and was encouraged by the performance and the chances he had.

"It's the way it goes in football sometimes," he reflected. "Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't.

"I'm not worried about it, I know that eventually it will come. Once one comes hopefully a lot more will follow.

"I've been through it before, as has every striker. It's only been four games or something."

It would be unfair to assess Robbie's value to a team purely on goal return as there is so much more to his game. He agrees with the view that his game is based as much on creation as execution.

"I like to create things and make things happen. I like to vary as, obviously, I'm not the tallest fella in the world so I'm not an out-and-out striker.

"I come deep and try, get involved in the play and try and create things.

"Teddy likes to play that way as well, so it was important against Cardiff to go right up there against them.

"That's the way Teddy's game is and it doesn't bother me whether I play right up or in the hole. I think it worked well on Tuesday."

Next up for the team is a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers and Robbie hopes that the confidence gained from Tuesday's win will stand the team in good stead for what is always a tricky assignment.

"It's going to be tough and Blackburn are a good side. They got a good result against West Brom and their confidence will be high at the moment with Damien being back.

"To lose Yorke at West Brom is a big blow for them and can only benefit us. They've got some good players, Thompson has come in now and he's doing absolutely brilliant.

"People like Dunn can make a difference and Tugay as well - he's a real playmaker.

"It'll be a tough game, but hopefully after our good result on Tuesday we can go there with confidence and get a result."