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ROBBIE'S UNITED FRONT

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane believes the team showed good character to bounce back from the West Brom setback to record victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

Robbie Keane believes the team showed good character to bounce back from the West Brom setback to record victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

It was an out of sorts performance at the Hawthorns, but there was no hangover at the Lane as the boys put on a vibrant display to overcome the Magpies and finish 2005 on a high with goals from Teemu Tainio and Mido securing a 2-0 win.

"It is full credit to the lads for coming back from a bad performance against West Brom," reasoned Robbie. "We showed good character, team spirit and deserved to win the game.

"We haven't been playing well recently but showed how well we can perform. We kept the ball well, created a lot of chances for ourselves and it was definitely our best performance for a while.

We know we weren't good enough against West Brom, you go into every game expecting to win but that is not the case sometimes

The most important thing when you haven't played well is the next game and we have turned it around with a convincing win."

Robbie registered an unusual hat-trick on the day, beating his Republic of Ireland teammate Shay Given three times and finding the net, only for all three to be flagged offside. Not surprisingly, he feels he was unfortunate not to add to his goal tally.

"I think one or two were onside, but it is a tough job for the assistant. Of course it is disappointing but the most important thing is the win."