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ROBBO SAVE THE KEY

Posted on 28 April 2007  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane grabbed the headlines but Martin Jol picked out a superb save from Paul Robinson as the key moment in Saturday's 3-2 win at Middlesbrough.

Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane grabbed the headlines but Martin Jol picked out a superb save from Paul Robinson as the key moment in Saturday's 3-2 win at Middlesbrough.

Berba's magnificent volley from 20 yards looked to have put us in control at 2-0 up three minutes into the second half at the Riverside.

However, the home side hit back. Mark Viduka headed home from Stewart Downing's cross to make it 2-1 after 66 minutes and less than two minutes later, the striker presented with a similar chance, this time on his lethal right foot - Robbo stood firm to parry away from point-blank range.

Under pressure in the second half, we finally put things beyond Boro's reach when Robbie swept home Aaron Lennon's cross for his second goal of the game and 21st goal of the season to make it 3-1 with seven minutes left.

There was still a scare when Emanuel Pogatetz headed home with a minute to go but there was no denying us our first win on Teeside since 1996.

"We deserved the win but you never know, when Middlesbrough scored their goals we lost a bit of initiative," reflected Martin at the Riverside.

"In the first half we were fine, at 2-0 we were fine but we needed Paul Robinson after they made it 2-1 to keep us on a positive note. It wasn't a case of keeping us in the game, but keeping us on a positive note because if they'd scored the equaliser it would have been difficult.

"If you look at the other results, this was a must-win game for us.

"It's always difficult at Middlesbrough and it's a long time since we won here, so I'm very pleased."

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