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ROBBO LOOKS AHEAD

Posted on 19 September 2007  - 12:00

Paul Robinson felt there were positives to be taken from the defeat against Arsenal - he's hoping everything will click into place when we return to European action on Thursday night.

Paul Robinson felt there were positives to be taken from the defeat against Arsenal - he's hoping everything will click into place when we return to European action on Thursday night.

In a thrilling latest derby contest, Gareth Bale put us 1-0 up and we had chances at key times throughout the 90 minutes – at 1-0 up, at 1-1 and at 2-1 down – only to suffer a 3-1 reverse.

“We started the game well but we just can’t seem to be able to finish it off against Arsenal,” reflected Robbo.

“In the first half the tempo was high but they had a lot of chances as well and we were wary of how busy I was. In the end, their finishing was better and we know we have to address the chances we missed and the chances they created as well."

Robbo made a host of fine saves against Arsenal but was under the spotlight again after coming out and failing to connect with a punch for the equalising goal – Emmanuel Adebayor losing his markers and climbing high to head home from a whipped in free-kick.

“I thought I played well and made saves but when a team creates that many chances, you feel a goal might eventually come,” added Robbo, who then gave his side of that equaliser.

“As the ball fizzed across the box I’ve got a decision to make. I had to try and make it hard for him while he’s heading it or stay put and save it, but then he would have a free header six yards out. It’s a difficult one.”

Cyprus team Anorthosis Famagusta arrive at the Lane on Thursday night (September 20) for a UEFA Cup first round, first leg encounter.

“The lads were down after Arsenal but I feel we can take positives from it as well," added Robbo. "Hopefully it will all click into place in the next week and everyone is looking forward to the UEFA Cup again.”

Click here to buy tickets <br />Tottenaham Hotspur vs Anorthosis Famagusta <br /> Thursday, September 20th, 2007, 8pm Kick-Off