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Posted on 16 April 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane reflected on the visit to Everton and did not attempt to under estimate the value of victory.

Robbie Keane reflected on the visit to Everton and did not attempt to under estimate the value of victory.

It was Robbie's penalty that settled the contest - his 15th goal of the season - but this did not really tell the whole story of the game. The boys were excellent, kept their lively momentum going throughout and it should have been a far more convincing win.

"It means a hell of a lot to us - it was a great three points for us and a great result," reacted the goalscorer afterwards. "The lads are very happy, Everton is always a tough place to come to and were lucky enough to get the points," he added, before conceding their was a significant degree of concern over the failure to build on the advantage considering past experiences this season.

"We certainly were, we had the chances to wrap the game up and their keeper made some good saves. Jermain had two great shots that ended with magnificent saves and Jermaine Jenas also had a chance.

"We were thinking towards the end that it has happened to us before and of course it is always in the back of your mind. We defended well as a team though and Calum Davenport came on for his first game in a long time for us and he was absolutely fantastic.

"I thought it was a great team performance where we showed a lot of character," Robbie continued, before stating he would have happily sacrificed the addition to his goals tally in exchange for Jermaine Jenas steering home the loose ball after he was bundled down by Alan Stubbs.

"It was a penalty, I was about to pull the trigger and he pushed me a little bit. At the same time, the ball did drop to Jenas and I wish the referee had waited a second longer so it would have been a goal and I wouldn't have had the pressure on myself."

It is Manchester United next at the Lane before the Derby next weekend and Robbie is cautiously optimistic over our prospects.

"You have to be confident, but not overly confident. We've still got games to go, we play Man Utd and both teams have to win so it should be a good game.

"If we can get something out of the next couple of games we will have a good chance, but there will still be a way to go. I just wish the season ended here with us in fourth.

"We will keep working hard for each other as we did here - then who knows. The most important thing is winning and everybody wants to be a winner."

PLEASE NOTE: Our Whites suite, situated on Paxton Road, will be closed on Monday for our match against Manchester United as this is a category A fixture.