WORTH A POINT
Paul Robinson believes the performance of the team was well worth a point on Saturday at a ground where we haven't gathered maximum reward in five seasons.
Paul Robinson believes the performance of the team was well worth a point on Saturday at a ground where we haven't gathered maximum reward in five seasons.Despite a good share of possession in a feisty game, it was Robbo who was forced into two first half saves to keep the score level before, in the second period, Fulham were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Heidar Helguson and the home side went on to take the lead via a penalty after Michael Dawson was penalised for leaning into a Brian McBride strike. Vincenzo Montello slotted home the penalty.
Pascal Chimbonda secured us a point with three minutes left on the clock.
"I think we deserved a draw in the end, I've never won here - I've generally played well but never won," said Robbo after the game. "It is a difficult place to come and I think it is Fulham's home form here that has seen them stay in the Premiership.
"It was good to make the saves, the last few weeks have gone quite well for me and it is nice to feel needed again!
"We lacked a cutting edge, but we never really looked in too much trouble apart from the two stops. I'm pleased with my own performance while disappointed over the result but, given our previous record here, maybe a point isn't too bad," reasoned the goalkeeper, who suspects the decision could have gone either way after the ball struck Dawson's upper arm.
"I think the referee didn't send him off because I was behind it and going to save the shot. Daws wasn't to know that and it was a difficult one, some days it will be given and on others it won't. It was a bit inbetween, some refs will give it as handball and some won't."