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ROBBO REFLECTS

Posted on 19 March 2007  - 12:00

Paul Robinson admitted he was expecting stick from the strikers more than a goal celebration in the wake of the free-kick he launched that resulted in our second goal against Watford on Saturday.

Paul Robinson admitted he was expecting stick from the strikers more than a goal celebration in the wake of the free-kick he launched that resulted in our second goal against Watford on Saturday.From a wide, very deep position, Robbo set the ball in motion on a 95 yard journey and it bounced over the head of visiting keeper Ben Foster and into the net. It was his second goal, having scored from a header against Swindon in 2003.

It was not a bad effort from a keeper who was suffering with a torn thigh muscle last week.

"My busted one was my standing one only and I told the physio I could play!" laughed Robbo.

"I was kind of watching it, but I thought I was going to get moaned at by the strikers for over-hitting the free-kick. It was just one of those things - a freak goal," he continued, added that it was a surreal experience as the incident unfolded.

"It was, but out of respect for Ben I didn't want to run off celebrating looking like I meant it. It was a difficult one, I obviously didn't mean to do it, and it is about how he bounces back. He has got to be strong, although his defence didn't help him out and I have watched it on video.

"People might question him, but it was just a freak."

Freak or not, Robbo is happy that his moment that hit the headlines took place within White Hart Lane.

"It is fantastic and I couldn't have asked for it to happen at a better place. It was a crucial time in the game at 1-0 so I was happy it did.

"It took a long time to get going, the gaffer made a few changes which took a little while to gel, but we got the right result in the end."

Of course, it is now Chelsea tonight in the FA Cup 6th round replay and the goalkeeper is confident progress to a semi-final meeting with Blackburn Rovers can be secured.

"I am optimistic, we've played them twice this season and won one and drew one. I fancy our chances against anybody here. It is another big night, a big game, which means we must be doing well."


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