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ROBBIE READY

Posted on 24 January 2007  - 12:00

A semi-final against Arsenal will not be an entirely new experience for Robbie Keane.

A semi-final against Arsenal will not be an entirely new experience for Robbie Keane.Back in 1998 the striker was a member of the Wolves squad that reached the FA Cup last four and, while it provided a memorable experience for the then 18-year-old, he admits he would like to play a bigger part this time around.

"I was in the semi-final of the FA Cup when I was at Wolves against Arsenal - so hopefully this time it will be a different outcome," said Robbie.

"I remember every moment of sitting on the bench! I'd played in every game up to then, but Mark McGhee said he would rest me for the semi... I came on, which was good, but we lost 1-0 and were unlucky.

"I was only young and it was a great experience for me and I'm now looking forward to another semi-final now."

Robbie is now getting ready for another date against Arsenal - his first semi-final since joining us in August 2002 - and he believes that progression from this tie could well lead to greater things.

"It is coming together for us now and it is up to us to achieve things. It is a chance to win something, it sounds easy, but there are still big games ahead of us starting with Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

"If we can get a good result and get to a final it could lead to more," he added, before pointing out that there is no extra incentive needed to get a good result tonight given the display at the Emirates Stadium in early December.

"Exactly, we know we let ourselves down and everybody else, we didn't perform and know we need to rectify that. This is a good time for this to come around because it was only a month or so ago.

"The fans can always play a part, these are the games that people want to see, then you have the bragging rights at work on Thursday morning. The crowd are as important as the players, when you hear them singing and getting right behind the team it certainly does boost the team and makes us play better.

"We don't need any extra motivation, but the fans definitely play their part."