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PRAISE FOR ROBBO

Posted on 22 February 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos was full of praise for Paul Robinson after the keeper made vital saves on his return to the side against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

Juande Ramos was full of praise for Paul Robinson after the keeper made vital saves on his return to the side against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

Robbo returned in place of Radek Cerny for the second leg of this UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie with us 2-1 up from the first leg in Prague.

It looked like it would be a comfortable passage into the next stage when Jamie O'Hara struck his first Spurs goal to extend our aggregate lead after just seven minutes but, like last week's first leg, we failed to convert chances.

Slavia earned a lifeline when Matej Krajcik slid home at the far post five minutes into the second half. Robinson saved from Frantisek Drizdal, David Strihavka hit the post and then Robbo's best moment, a full-stretch dive to turn away Milan Ivana's free-kick that was destined for the far corner.

That meant it stayed 1-1 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate and we now face PSV in the last 16 after the Dutch giants toppled Swedish side Helsingborgs 4-1 on aggregate.

"Paul did a great job, he did everything he had to do," reflected Head Coach Juande. "We want him to produce the best performance possible and give the best of himself and his performance was magnificent."

Juande saw similiarities to last week's first leg. "We controlled the first half and managed to go 1-0 up early in the game again," he added. "Maybe that made some players relax too much which meant we suffered a bit in the second half.

"Certainly, when Slavia drew level it complicated matters for us and when we tried to react they made it tough going."

One note of concern with Wembley just a few days away was Pascal Chimbonda limping out of the action on the hour mark just a few minutes after going down holding his left knee. "It doesn't seem like a particularly serious injury and he should recover," reported Juande. "But the most important time is the first 24 hours and we will check on him and see how he is."

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