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KEEPERS WEEK

Posted on 25 May 2006  - 12:00

Hans Segers gives his assessment of his goalkeeping group's 2005-06 campaign - first up, England's number one...

Hans Segers gives his assessment of his goalkeeping group's 2005-06 campaign - first up, England's number one...

Paul Robinson: 40 appearances (ever-present in 2005-06)

"Paul is getting better and better, definitely. He's progressing all the time and that's very pleasing for Robbo, myself, the club and of course England.

"We're not finished with him yet either.

"You can improve all the time and even when you get into your 30s, you can always learn from previous experience, games, watching videos and training on certain areas.

"We keep working hard on him, he wants to be the best and I want to make him into one of the best three goalkeepers in the world and he loves that.

"He's focused and that's important these days. Paul's ambition is to be the best in the world. That's hard work but he wants it and that's great motivation for him and it's a pleasure working with him.

"I think he can have a big World Cup. We've seen him week in, week out at Spurs and we all know he can make saves that turn games around. The penalty save against West Ham could have been another if things had worked out differently - it could have been the save that got us into fourth.

"He can make saves at crucial moments and for goalkeepers, that is what it's all about.

"There are different goalkeepers - you can look at tha stats and the keepers who make most saves are in teams in the bottom half of the table for the simple reason that they make saves all the time. It's completely different for Robbo this season and he has to be there when the saves comes along, it's about concentration and focus.

"It was a big step for him when he came from Leeds where he was busy week in, week out and it's a different game at Spurs.

"The obvious example probably wasn't for us but for England when he saved Hartson's header. He had one ball in the whole game but he was there to palm it out. That's what it's all about. That's why he's not just a good goalkeeper or a great goalkeeper, but one of the best around."