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Captain's pride

Robbie Keane feels we should take pride in the way we have performed during the latter stages of the 2008-09 campaign.

Robbie Keane feels we should take pride in the way we have performed during the latter stages of the 2008-09 campaign.

A run of just three defeats in our last 14 league games of the season meant we ended up battling for a place in Europe as opposed to against relegation on the final day.

And that's despite the threat of the drop looming large before that run started - around the time Robbie made his return to N17 in early February after a spell at Liverpool.

"I think we have to be happy overall with the way we have finished the season, considering we were hovering close to the bottom of the table when I came here," said the captain.

"I'm not for one second suggesting that the recovery has been down to me because the manager has done a fantastic job since coming here.

"To think we only had two points from eight games and people were talking about us possibly being relegated, and then finishing the season in eighth place.

"We saw some big clubs get relegated over the weekend, so we have to be pleased with the way we have performed in the second half of the season."

Unfortunately, the campaign did not end in the glory of European qualification as we were defeated 3-1 at Liverpool on the final day.

Robbie netted our only goal of the game, and earned plaudits from all by choosing not to celebrate at the club where he spent the first half of the season.

"Over the years you would have seen that I never celebrate against my former clubs when I score against them, so this was no different," he said.

"But as a striker its always nice to score, regardless of who it's against, and despite the amount of hype around my return before the game."