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ROBBIE REFLECTS

Posted on 2 March 2007  - 12:00

Robbie Keane said his hurt over getting sent off against Bolton last weekend was eased by the second half performance of the team.

Robbie Keane said his hurt over getting sent off against Bolton last weekend was eased by the second half performance of the team.Robbie saw red ten minutes before half-time when he was adjudged to have handled on the line after blocking Ivan Campo's goalbound header with his chest. It denied the striker the opportunity to chase a hat-trick as he had already scored two of the three first half goals.

"It was nice to get the goals and the win was brilliant," said the captain on the day. "I was obviously disappointed with the sending off because the ball hit my chest first, but that is the way it goes and I would have been much more hurt if we had lost the game with ten men.

"The lads were brilliant though and we got a good result. They couldn't get out of their own half, the football we played was of a good tempo and they struggled to live with us," he continued, before reflecting that he was always confident the team would get back on track after the recent sticky patch.

"It was only a matter of time, these things happen and you are not going to go through a season being brilliant all the time. We hit a bad patch, but hopefully the wins last week will be the start of us pushing back up there again."

Sunday's red card was the first of Robbie's career and he considers being forced to miss the rest of the game a greater punishment than the one-game ban.

"It was the first time and I was gutted. When you are winning a game and enjoying it, taking that away is worse than suffering the suspension.

"The lads were brilliant though, it was a good week and hopefully we can continue with it now."


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