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Let's build on win - Keano

Posted on 19 August 2009  - 12:00

Robbie Keane has stated the importance of following up our fine win against Liverpool when we travel to Hull in the Barclays Premier League tonight (August 19).

Let's build on win - Keano

Robbie Keane has stated the importance of following up our fine win against Liverpool when we travel to Hull in the Barclays Premier League tonight (August 19).

Sunday's success at the Lane represented our first win on the opening weekend of the campaign since a 2-0 victory at Portsmouth in 2005-06.

We went on to lose just one of our first 11 games that season on our way to finishing fifth.

Robbie is well aware of the challenge ahead at the KC Stadium - we kick-off at 7.45pm - but says it's one we have to rise to.

He said: "It was a great start at the weekend against Liverpool, a win we totally deserved and not one that we nicked.

"We dominated from start to finish, created plenty of chances and their keeper pulled off some great saves to keep them in it.

"When you look at the last couple of years with the way we've finished the campaign, we're always left thinking 'what if we'd made a good start' - well now we have an opportunity to do that after Sunday's win.

"It's no good beating Liverpool if we don't follow that up with good results in our next few games, starting with Hull on Wednesday.

"We've got a few games coming up in which we're quite capable of getting points on the board.

"But if we are to do that, we have to work as hard as we did on Sunday, don't let teams play and when we get the ball play the way we can. If we do that we've got every chance of making this a fantastic start to the season."

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We beat Hull in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in China three weeks ago - Robbie was on target in the 3-0 win - but that will mean nothing as we travel to Humberside.

Indeed, the Tigers impressed in a 2-1 defeat at title-favourites Chelsea on Saturday having taken the lead through new signing Steven Hunt.

"We will treat Hull with the respect they deserve," added Robbie. "It's a game we can't take lightly but it's also one we have to look at winning if we are to mount a serious challenge this season.

"They are a team who know all about making a good start, they did exactly that last term and it gave them the platform to stay in the division. If they'd lost just one of those games early on they would have been relegated.

"Hull will be difficult opponents, especially at home and they will be looking to build on their performance at Chelsea on Saturday, it was no shame on their part to go to Stamford Bridge and lose in the last minute, having held Chelsea for so long and competed with them well on the day.

"It will be a tough game on Wednesday but we're full of confidence of going there and getting a result."