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ROBBO'S RALLYING CRY

Posted on 25 January 2007  - 12:00

Paul Robinson was quick to issue a rallying cry after Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the first leg of our Carling Cup semi-final at the Lane.

Paul Robinson was quick to issue a rallying cry after Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the first leg of our Carling Cup semi-final at the Lane.

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It's fair to say that the mood of the lads afterwards was one more akin to a defeat than a draw - a mood that reflected a game that we led 2-0 only to be pegged back to 2-2 by our old rivals.

Dimitar Berbatov and a Julio Baptista own goal put us in the driving seat with Berbatov also hitting the woodwork and Manuel Almunia making a fine save from Jermain Defoe in a storming opening spell.

It all changed after the break though as Arsenal took control and Baptista struck twice to level the two-legged tie - the second leg is at the Emirates next Wednesday, with most pundits now predicting a safe passage to the final in Cardiff for the home side.

"It's still level and and there is no chance it's all over," insisted Robbo afterwards. "It's another game, a semi-final sitting level at 2-2 and whoever wins goes through to a cup final."

Robbo described our performance as 'Jekyll and Hyde' in Wednesday night's first leg.

"We were like a different team in each half," he reasoned. "We came in at half-time very pleased, stressed that we shouldn't sit off and continue doing what we were doing but it worked out exactly the opposite.

"We knew they would come at us in the second half, we knew what to expect and were ready for it but we didn't put into practice what we wanted to do.

"We were fantastic in the first half-hour but we have to finish these games off."