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ROBBIE ON A ROLL

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane says his confidence is running high after netting three goals in our last five games.

Robbie Keane says his confidence is running high after netting three goals in our last five games.

It is now five for the season for the Republic of Ireland striker although, looking back at his goals against Wigan and Middlesbrough, he admits there was an element of fortune involved.

"There has been a couple - but you have to be in the right place though!" pointed out Robbie. "Obviously it is nice to score but the most important thing was to get something out of the game against Middlesbrough.

"Middlesbrough is always a tough place to go, we rode our luck at times, but showed good character and spirit to come back each time we fell behind."

I am just happy to be playing and nicking a few goals as well. Things are going well for me at the moment

Robbie does feel the Boro encounter provided something of a marker for the squad bearing in mind last season's outcome at the Riverside that cost us so dear.

"We said that before the game, that last year we didn't play particularly well and they beat us to the European spot. That was on our minds before the game and it was good the way the lads played. We didn't always play well, but we worked our socks off to get a point out of it and could have even nicked it at the end."

Meanwhile, one reason you suspect Robbie is happy to be pushing up his goal tally is to pull away from Ledley King - with three - in the scoring charts.

"It is not good to see anyone ahead of you! But I don't mind a centre half scoring, it just shows how well the lads are doing."