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KEANE ON MILESTONES

Posted on 29 March 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane displayed little interest in personal milestones after his goals sealed victory over West Brom on Monday.

Robbie Keane displayed little interest in personal milestones after his goals sealed victory over West Brom on Monday.

The livewire striker netted his 12th and 13th goals of the season against the Baggies, his first of the evening being his 50th Premiership goal in our colours, his second recording the career landmark of 100 league goals.

Robbie reasons such statistics come a distant second place to winning games and points.

"I didn't know that," he responded afterwards. "Obviously it is good, but it is not really that important to me, to be honest. It is always nice to score goals, but the most important thing is winning games and getting the three points.

"We desperately needed them, on paper people were probably thinking we would definitely win the game, but over the last couple of years West Brom have been a bit of a bogey side for us.

"We conceded an early goal, made it tough for ourselves and didn't play as well as we can play.

We showed character and great spirit to come back and win the game.

"We have to battle, teams come here now and sit back. West Brom did, the two central midfielders sat right in front of the centre-halves and made it difficult for myself and Jermain to get involved in the game and make things happen.

"As the game went on it opened up a little bit and luckily enough we got the three points. From now until the end of the season these are the games we need to be winning, we have to fight, grin and bear it - and we are capable of doing that."

Robbie's opener was a superb piece of finishing, an instinctive strike from a position he reports offered little in the way of shooting options.

"There was nothing else really on, I couldn't drill it with my left foot because the keeper came out so quickly. I saw him coming and the ball took a nice little bounce for me before I dinked it and thankfully it went in," he added, before reflecting on the fact that late penalties are not exactly unfamiliar to him.

"I've had a few! I was just happy to see it hit the back of the net and for the ref to blow the whistle. I think we can take a lot from the second half, we showed a lot of character and, in the end, got what we deserved."