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Robbo makes his point

Posted on 6 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Although disappointed with the eventual outcome, Paul Robinson paid tribute to the team for a 'gritty and determined' performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.


The decision not to award Pedro Mendes' late 'goal' has dominated coverage of the game but, until that point, it was a resolute display from the boys who mounted a rearguard action in the face of some heavy United pressure.


"Before the game, without a doubt, we would have taken the draw with the injuries we have got," reflected the keeper with particular focus on the fact that both Jermain Defoe and Fredi Kanoute were missing from Martin Jol's attacking options. "To come here and take something - with or without a full strength team - is a massive achievement.


"Obviously we are disappointed because of the way the game panned out, but it is a great achievement to go eight games unbeaten.


"It was a very gritty, determined performance and the boys did very, very well. We knew it would be tough and we would be up against it.


"They are on a good run of form, as we have been, and to come here and take something is very pleasing.


"We are obviously very disappointed about the goal though - the ball was that far over the line it was almost in the net."


On the positive side, Paul - nominated Man of the Match - reports it is the first time he has departed Old Trafford with any reward from a club game.


"This is the first time I have taken anything from here at club level, but I have been in a couple of England teams here. It is the first time I have kept a clean sheet here anyway!"