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ROBBIE BIDS TO SHAKE THE BLUES

Posted on 14 October 2005  - 12:00

Robbie Keane knows he must put his international heartbreak behind him and get on with the next job in hand when Everton arrive at the Lane on Saturday.

Robbie Keane knows he must put his international heartbreak behind him and get on with the next job in hand when Everton arrive at the Lane on Saturday.

World Cup 2006 will go ahead without Robbie and his Republic of Ireland teammates after the Republic failed to register a win against Switzerland in midweek. It was a crushing blow for the striker, Andy Reid and Chris Hughton, but Robbie did his best to put on a brave face on his return to Spurs Lodge and looked ahead to the forthcoming challenges at club level.

"Of course we are very disappointed, but it wasn't the Switzerland game, we lost it a few months ago against Israel when we lost a 2-0 lead," reflected our match winner last time out against Charlton. "We have to keep our heads up and get on with it as there is no point in keep feeling sorry for ourselves.

It will be in the back of my mind for a while, but I have got a job to do now for Spurs

I have to come in and train with a smile on my face and can't be moping around. It is another important game on Saturday and you have to pick yourself up. If you let things affect you it can affect you on the pitch."

The 25-year-old is now hoping the boys can stick around in the top quarter of the table once the Premiership resumes, but suspects Everton - who are likely to feature Simon Davies - are in something of a false position in the table at the moment.

"It looks nice seeing ourselves in third, we've made a good start and it is important for us to maintain that - I'm sure we will.

"I don't see Everton staying bottom, they've got a good squad which obviously now includes our mate Digger, who will be coming back on Saturday. People thought they were in a false position last year too! Of course they shouldn't be where they are but the Premiership is a tough league and, if you don't get off to a good start and win games, it can be hard to push up the table.

"I usually do quite well against them and, if selected on Saturday, I will be looking to do the same thing."