ROBBO ON CYPRUS NIGHT
Paul Robinson admitted it was fairly typical of his current fortunes getting beaten by a deflected shot following a handball against Anorthosis Famagusta on Thursday evening.
Paul Robinson admitted it was fairly typical of his current fortunes getting beaten by a deflected shot following a handball against Anorthosis Famagusta on Thursday evening.After conceding four in the encounter with Aston Villa on Monday, the England No.1 was determined to register a clean sheet in Larnaca, but it was not to be and the Cypriots took a 53rd minute lead when Frousas cradled the ball from a Boaventura cross and laid the ball back for Pereira to drill into corner via a deflection.
"I was looking for a clean sheet and then he virtually catches the ball in the box, sets it back and then it takes a deflection!" sighed Robbo with a smile. "That's just the way it is going at the moment, but you come through the other side because there is nothing you can do. I can't beat myself up about that one.
"I think we found it difficult to get going and got dragged down. With having a 6-1 lead you've got to find your own motivation and knowing you don't have to win the game takes a little bit of pressure off you.
"I don't think it was a very entertaining game to watch, to be honest," he added, going on to explain that he was initially not pencilled in to be on the trip.
"I wanted to play. I wasn't even going to travel at first, but after the way I played against Aston Villa I wanted to get a game under my belt as quickly as possible. I was disappointed with that performance and the best thing to do in order to get one like that out of your system is to play in the next game.
"I spoke with the gaffer before Villa about me not travelling and then spoke afterwards and both decided that the best thing for me to do was play.
"Goalkeepers make mistakes and when we do it ends up in a goal. It is the unfortunate part of the business, but it is how you react to the mistakes and how you come back that is important.
"Criticism is always harsh, when goalkeepers make mistakes they are going to get criticised and as England's goalkeeper the criticism is always going to be worse. I made a mistake, I am a human being and everyone makes them."
Robbo conceded that confidence does take a knock following intense analysis of errors and he suspects the perfect tonic could well be a busy game against Liverpool up at Anfield on Saturday.
"Obviously yes because you don't want to make mistakes and you want to be on top of your game. I am a strong character though, it has been a learning curve for me over the last 12-18 months and it continues to be so.
"I will take the positives and look forward to the weekend.
"Playing Liverpool is the best thing! I am looking forward to a nice busy game. They don't come any tougher than Liverpool away and games like that.
"I know I will be in for a tough game, but that couldn't be any better for me to show what I can do."
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