KEANE TARGETS WINNING FINALE
Robbie Keane's thoughts turned immediately to our season finale on Sunday after being inches from securing our place in Europe on Thursday night.
Robbie Keane's thoughts turned immediately to our season finale on Sunday after being inches from securing our place in Europe on Thursday night.The in-form striker was presented with a match-winning chance in the final moments of what proved a tough test against Blackburn Rovers at the Lane but having beaten keeper Brad Friedel all ends up, could only watch in agony as his effort cannoned back off the inside of the post.
That was the final chance as the match finished in a 1-1 draw. “It was disappointing,” said Robbie, who helped turn the game back in our favour after coming on as substitute on the hour with us trailing to Benni McCarthy’s first half header.
“We really wanted to win this game, especially as it was at home, but the important thing was that we didn't lose.
“In the first half we didn't play well but in the second half we played really well. Overall, we have to be happy with a point but we’re disappointed we didn't nick it with that chance at the end that hit the post.”
It was pointed out to our vice-captain that at least we’d go into the final match against Manchester City on Sunday (May 13, 3pm) in a positive frame of mind after that second half performance.
“We played brilliantly, had them on the back foot and that is full credit to the lads,” added Robbie, who was involved in the equaliser, threading a pass through to Dimitar Berbatov, whose shot was parried by Friedel only for Jermain Defoe to tap home.
“We have to make sure we finish it off now and cement a place in the UEFA Cup on Sunday.
“We wanted to do it against Blackburn, it wasn't to be, but even now 57 points could be enough if the results around us go our way. We won’t think about that though, we'll concentrate on what we have to do and try to get that win on Sunday.”
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