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KEANE TO BANISH THE BLUES

Posted on 6 March 2008  - 12:00

Robbie Keane has called on his team-mates to vanquish Saturday's defeat at Birmingham by ensuring a positive result tonight to take into our UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg against PSV Eindhoven.

Robbie Keane has called on his team-mates to vanquish Saturday's defeat at Birmingham by ensuring a positive result tonight to take into our UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg against PSV Eindhoven.

The Republic of Ireland captain anticipates a stern test from the reigning Dutch league champions but admits the team are determined to put things right this evening and consign the weekend’s disappointment to history.

“You cannot change the past but you can change what is going to happen in the future,” said Keane. “Saturday was not good enough against Birmingham but that has gone now.

“They were the better team on the day and full credit to them but if we want to become a top team we cannot be losing games in that way.

“It is easy saying things but we have to start doing it, beginning tonight. We have to prove that Saturday was only a blip by doing things right against PSV.

“They are a decent team and six points clear at the top of the Dutch league. They have a lot of experience in European competitions so it will be a tough game. We need to get a good result to take to PSV next week.

When quizzed on the subject of the Premier League and whether the guarantee of European football next season had made the players relax too much Keane’s response was resounding.

“No chance,” he said categorically. “We are professionals and we get paid to play the entire season. I hate losing matches and I know the other lads feel the same. We know Saturday’s result was not good enough and we are keen to win games in the Premier League as much as in the UEFA Cup in order to improve our league position.”

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