ROBBIE AT THE DOUBLE
It was no surprise to find Robbie Keane in an even chattier and cheerful mood than usual when he strode in for training on Monday.
It was no surprise to find Robbie Keane in an even chattier and cheerful mood than usual when he strode in for training on Monday.The livewire striker netted his first double of the season and his first goals in three games to set us on our way to a 4-0 victory over Fulham that placed us in the draw for the quarter finals of the FA Cup - where Chelsea now await at Stamford Bridge.
The captain in the absence of Ledley King did concede that it was a welcome win - our first since victory over Southend United in the previous round - although he suspected a resounding outcome in our favour was not far away.
"It was nice to get the win, it was long overdue, but it is something that has been on the cards for a while," considered Robbie. "We've been pushing but we haven't got to the level we did on Sunday. Goals change games and that was the case against Fulham.
"At the end of the day we weren't producing and we had to look at ourselves. On Sunday, it not just the 4-0, but the play as a team over 90 minutes was superb."
Robbie added that the players were aware of a certain degree of negative comment and coverage that followed recent results and hopes that the victory at Craven Cottage provided a boost for all concerned.
"You do hear it, but players just have to get on with it even though it is in the background. The only way to change it is to win games and hopefully this one will put us in the right direction.
"We are pleased to have got this win for everyone, the fans, the manager and ourselves. We've such a good squad of players and we know we weren't doing as well as we should. It is frustrating when you're not getting results, but we'll be looking for Sunday to kick-start us into the last bit of the season."
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