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ROBBIE ON DERBY DAY

Posted on 24 April 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane believes it was our team who performed like the home side for three quarters of the game at Highbury on Saturday.

Robbie Keane believes it was our team who performed like the home side for three quarters of the game at Highbury on Saturday.

Slick passing and a dictating of the momentum was the order of the day in the derby shoot-out and the advantage should really have been snared before Robbie opened the scoring on 66 minutes.

With substitute Thierry Henry already on the pitch offering hope to the home support, Arsenal pressed forward after surrendering the lead and on 84 minutes parity was restored when the Frenchman seized on a throughball from Adebayor and diverted swiftly past Paul Robinson.

It was a point that keeps destiny in our own hands and ensured a Premiership finish of no lower than sixth place - meaning qualification for next season's UEFA Cup.

"It was fantastic - especially for the first 70 minutes," said the skipper on the day.

"I thought we were absolutely superb in the first half.

"It was like we were the home team, keeping the ball and moving it. We created chances and were the better side.

"But when you've got players like Henry to come on - he is great, absolutely world class. When he came on the whole place changed and you have to wary of him because he is so good.

"We are disappointed we didn't come away with the three points, but we can take a lot of credit and, most importantly, we didn't lose.

"I was delighted to score, but the most important thing was to take something and we are all happy about that."