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Keano sets next target

Posted on 13 April 2009  - 12:00

Mission one has been accomplished - now Robbie Keane is setting his sights on Europe.

Keano sets next target

Mission one has been accomplished - now Robbie Keane is setting his sights on Europe.

The skipper said getting past the 40-point mark was his only focus when he rejoined us from Liverpool in the January transfer window.

We did just that by beating West Ham on Saturday - stretching our recent run to two defeats in 11 in the Premier League with five wins in the last seven.

Roman Pavlyuchenko came off the bench to strike the winner in the 65th minute against the Hammers to take us up to eighth with 41 points. Fulham's win at City on Sunday has moved us down to ninth, three points off West Ham in seventh.

"It was a good result," said Robbie. "It was important that we got the three points and got over that 40-point mark, that was the aim when I came here.

"We were third or fourth from bottom, so it's been a great few months for the lads and we've really pushed up the league.

"Now we can look forward. We couldn't look too far forward at the time because the reality was that we were down there. We're out of it and we can look to kick on.

"Europe has to be our aim now. We've done the hard bit - in the last eight games since I've been here I think it's five wins, two draws and a loss.

"It's been incredible for the lads, we've dug deep and done really well and we've got out of it. We've got the squad and we can now focus on moving forward."