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+Robbo's Cup reaction

Posted on 15 March 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).

Paul Robinson suspects an equalising goal against Newcastle on Sunday would have led to a winner on the day, such was the dominance of the team at St James Park.

As it turned out, the leveller did not come despite sustained pressure, and we exited the FA Cup at the quarter final stage.

Robbo put himself through a full training session back at Spurs Lodge on Monday because, as he reflected, he didn't have much to do in the game. He can't be far wrong - with the exception of Patrick Kluivert's 5th minute goal, not much disturbed the England goalkeeper in the other 85 minutes.

He pointed out, however, that a poor start cost us dear.

"We were very disappointed with the result, in the first 20 minutes I thought we were very poor and it took a goal for us to get going again like at Southampton," he reasoned. "After that I don't think there was much more we could do other than put the ball in the net.

"We had chances, we just didn't finish. Looking back, I think the referee has made a couple of mistakes, but that is part of the game you come to expect. Some weeks they go for you, some weeks they go against.

"If we had got one goal I think we would have gone on to win. They had taken a couple of their attacking players off to try and solidify.

"We had a realistic chance of winning the cup this year, but it is now good for us that Arsenal and Manchester United have been kept apart. By this happening and both getting to the final there is likely to be another European place down to seventh in the league."