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ROBBO AT THE DOUBLE

Posted on 4 October 2006  - 12:00

Paul Robinson believes the team came through a crucial period ahead of the international break.

Paul Robinson believes the team came through a crucial period ahead of the international break.

Two home wins were needed against Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup and Portsmouth in the Premiership - and two wins were duly delivered. We are now in the group stage of the European competition and have pushed up a little in the domestic standings after the 2-1 victory on Sunday.

"It was a great win," said Robbo after the Pompey game. "We knew it would be difficult even after going a couple of goals up with our confidence a bit low after not winning for a few games in the league.

"It showed in the second half and we looked a little bit nervy, but we held on well.

"It is now two very important wins in a week. For us to be near the bottom three is not good enough for this club so to win in Europe and now this is massive for us."

The England No.1 made sure of the points near the end against the south coast side with a save out of the top drawer from Lomana Lua Lua's header.

"I feel as though I owed that to the lads," he said of his push around the post. "I have not been at my best lately without playing particularly badly. I just wanted to give the lads something back and it was nice to do it with that save."

It is now international duty for the goalkeeper and he is satisfied to take his leave with spirits higher following the upturn in results.

"We needed to go into the break on the back of wins and we've done that. It will be tough with England, Macedonia will hopefully be a little bit easier at home, but Croatia away will be difficult.

"We will be looking to win both though. We are in good shape, the boys are playing well and we should get two wins."