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STILL NO 1

Posted on 13 October 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol is backing Paul Robinson to put his nightmare moment in Croatia behind him as we head back into Premiership action this weekend.

Martin Jol is backing Paul Robinson to put his nightmare moment in Croatia behind him as we head back into Premiership action this weekend.

England's best player on the night with four top-drawer saves, Robbo suffered one of those moments goalkeepers dread as Gary Neville's backpass took a bobble over his attempted clearance and rolled into the empty net for Croatia's second goal. The score remained 2-0 in a disappointing evening in Zagreb.

Robbo was back at Spurs Lodge on Thursday afternoon and boss Martin has few doubts he'll put it behind him when we travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.

"He is a strong character and football is about contradictions," said Martin. "In the first half I was proud of him because he made some good saves - he saved England, to be honest.

"Then in the next minute you get this experience. If you win the game it would be forgotten but with a goalkeeper, they will probably put it on a video.

"The only thing I can say to him is that all the big players will have the same sitation in their careers. But even this was different - you can't even say that he made a big mistake. All I would say in the future to defenders is don't play the ball back in front of the goal, but I learned that when I was young."