ROBBIE ON RETURN
Robbie Keane is confident the deficit can be overturned when we take on Sevilla in the UEFA Cup return at the Lane tonight.
Robbie Keane is confident the deficit can be overturned when we take on Sevilla in the UEFA Cup return at the Lane tonight.A place in the last four awaits the winners and the Spaniards hold a 2-1 advantage following the 1st leg at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan a week ago - something that looked an unlikely prospect when Robbie netted just over a minute into the game.
The boys were comfortably more than holding their own until just before the 18 minute mark when Adriano plotted a route through our defences but was seemingly superbly denied a shot on goal by the two strong hands of Paul Robinson and there was considerable surprise when the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
After our former striker Fredi Kanoute slotted home the spot kick composure, perhaps understandably, was lost for a small period and Sevilla were able to capitalise after 36 minutes through Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
"We got off to a great start and played some good football," Robbie reflected. "Sometimes things are just out of your control and the penalty knocked us out of our stride a little bit.
"With the second goal we lost concentration but, all in all, while of course you want to go away and win all the time, the important thing was getting the away goal and we managed to do that.
"We have got every confidence in ourselves over winning the return tonight," he went on to predict, before reflecting on the ease with which the team were able to move the ball around, in the early stages in particular.
"They will let you play but we are a good side and we like to play good football. We know that if a team gives us space and time we can punish them.
"We did that for periods but here at White Hart Lane we will be looking to do that for the majority of the game."
"We have to be confident. They are a good side, Sevilla, no question about it and their domestic form suggests that. But we have got no fear of anyone.
"Playing at White Hart Lane, I'm sure the atmosphere will be great. When the supporters get behind the team it really does help the players and our fans will do this for us tonight.
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