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KEANO SEEKS RIVERSIDE REPEAT

Posted on 2 November 2007  - 12:00

Robbie Keane is hoping for a repeat of last season’s victory at the Riverside against Middlesbrough – but knows it will be far from easy.

Robbie Keane is hoping for a repeat of last season’s victory at the Riverside against Middlesbrough – but knows it will be far from easy.

Our stand-in skipper struck twice in a 3-2 Premier League success in April, but he will not be thinking too much about this come kick-off on Saturday.

Keano knows we are in desperate need of the three points having won just once in the league all season, and he hopes we can take confidence from our 2-0 Carling Cup win against Blackpool on Wednesday.

He said: “It was great to score a couple of goals up at the Riverside last season, but this will be a totally different game altogether.

“We have a few new players and so do they, but hopefully we can still repeat what we did last season and get the three points.

“I don’t think we played brilliantly against Blackpool, but we got the result and the clean sheet, which is the most important thing.

“We haven’t been doing as well as we’d have liked in the Premier League, but hopefully Saturday will be the start of something and we can kick on from there.”

Robbie is currently on fine goalscoring form, with 24 strikes in his last 31 games, leaving him only seven short of the 100-goal mark for the Club – a milestone only 14 players in our entire history have ever reached.

He added: “It’s always nice to score goals as a striker because that’s my job, but I strive to be consistent and to have scored 24 goals in 31 games is something I’m delighted with.

“If I do reach the 100-goal mark, it will be great for me personally because there aren’t many in the Club’s history to have done it.”