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Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper's clean sheet relief

Lancashire Telegraph: CLEAN SHEET Captain Paul Robinson CLEAN SHEET Captain Paul Robinson

PAUL Robinson admits he is relieved to have ended Blackburn Rovers’ shut-out misery as he now sets his sights on topping the relegation ‘mini league’.

Rovers’ vital 2-0 victory at Wolves on Saturday saw them keep their first clean sheet of the season, having gone longer than any other Premier League team in history without one.

Rovers goalkeeper Robinson was well aware that no Premier League side had ever gone all season without a shut-out and, now with that “embarrassment” behind him, is asking for more of the same in the season finale.

He said: “It doesn’t matter whether we have deserved a clean sheet before or not, it is a case of getting one and that relieves me the most.

“We were getting precariously close to some unwanted record and it is not something I want on my CV.

“I pride myself by the way I keep goal and clean sheets always go down to a goalkeeper. You can say it starts up front but everyone says clean sheets are down to a goalkeeper.

“Clean sheets are what you pride yourselves on and we need to keep more between now and the end of the season.”

Steve Kean’s men are now three points ahead of the danger zone and, with Sunderland next to visit Ewood a week on Tuesday, have put themselves into pole position to escape the drop.

Skipper Robinson though knows the importance of building on Saturday’s crucial victory, just their second away win of the season, as Rovers look to stay ahead of the pack.

He said: “It was a fantastic performance from us to be honest.

“From the first whistle we got at Wolves and quietened their crowd.

“We knew they got heavily beaten the week before and we knew if we got a goal against them they would be a little bit nervous.

“I think that was one of our better performances this season. We have had performances without results because if we had had the results we wouldn’t be in the position we are in.

“The truth is we are in a little mini league at the bottom and at the moment we sit at the top of that five and that is where we need to stay.

“We have to build on it.We have two very winnable games coming up now.

“We are home to Sunderland and then an away trip to Bolton and if we play like we did at Wolves we won’t be too far off.”

Robinson has also praised his side’s character for the way they recovered from falling 1-0 behind to Aston Villa the previous weekend.

“I think the second half performance last week gave us a lot of confidence,” he said.

“We have got the ability, we have got the players. We have a great group of players at the moment.”

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10:27am Tue 13 Mar 12

beardy1967 says...

well done for clean sheet dude
but don't let that bald headed p.r.i.c.k take the credit .he as made you and your teamates look stupid all these months
well done for clean sheet dude but don't let that bald headed p.r.i.c.k take the credit .he as made you and your teamates look stupid all these months beardy1967
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10:30am Tue 13 Mar 12

Tuo Neak says...

beardy1967 wrote:
well done for clean sheet dude
but don't let that bald headed p.r.i.c.k take the credit .he as made you and your teamates look stupid all these months
Dont worry Robbo knows the score...

“We have got the ability, we have got the players. We have a great group of players at the moment”
[quote][p][bold]beardy1967[/bold] wrote: well done for clean sheet dude but don't let that bald headed p.r.i.c.k take the credit .he as made you and your teamates look stupid all these months[/p][/quote]Dont worry Robbo knows the score... “We have got the ability, we have got the players. We have a great group of players at the moment” Tuo Neak
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10:37am Tue 13 Mar 12

givet82 says...

coyb another 3 points on tuesday please
coyb another 3 points on tuesday please givet82
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10:47am Tue 13 Mar 12

TrueBlue87 says...

3 points on tuesday... and 3 points against bolton would just about see us safe! two massive games! the great escape part 2! everyone get behind the lads during the games and we will pull this off! COYB!
3 points on tuesday... and 3 points against bolton would just about see us safe! two massive games! the great escape part 2! everyone get behind the lads during the games and we will pull this off! COYB! TrueBlue87
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12:21pm Tue 13 Mar 12

Dukes says...

well done for the clean sheet we need more clean sheets and few wins cheers.
well done for the clean sheet we need more clean sheets and few wins cheers. Dukes
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1:33pm Tue 13 Mar 12

givet82 says...

get tickets booked for bolton peeps £15 upper tier final push!!coyb
get tickets booked for bolton peeps £15 upper tier final push!!coyb givet82
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2:35pm Tue 13 Mar 12

MxMave says...

"as he now sets his sights on topping the relegation ‘mini league’. "

See, kean was right all along, we are in the top half (of the relegation mini-league). Bet he reports his "WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE" speil to Venkys.
"as he now sets his sights on topping the relegation ‘mini league’. " See, kean was right all along, we are in the top half (of the relegation mini-league). Bet he reports his "WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE" speil to Venkys. MxMave
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2:56pm Tue 13 Mar 12

noddymcleod says...

Robbo will be a litmus test in the summer sale. He's a saleable asset and he's entitled to seek his fortune elsewhere. He's been very loyal and saved us a lot of points. If he wants to stay or go, it will be a sign of his confidence in Venkys/Kean.
Also, a sign of Venky/Kean's ambitions.
Up or down, my money is on Robbo going.
Robbo will be a litmus test in the summer sale. He's a saleable asset and he's entitled to seek his fortune elsewhere. He's been very loyal and saved us a lot of points. If he wants to stay or go, it will be a sign of his confidence in Venkys/Kean. Also, a sign of Venky/Kean's ambitions. Up or down, my money is on Robbo going. noddymcleod
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3:03pm Tue 13 Mar 12

stick to football says...

Four points from the next two games would be brilliant - and another clean sheet even more so
Four points from the next two games would be brilliant - and another clean sheet even more so stick to football
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4:22pm Tue 13 Mar 12

Morst The 88th Min Heartbreaker of Dingles! says...

Robbo will probably be dropped and sold now for saying our target is to finish top of the bottom 5 mini league!
Robbo will probably be dropped and sold now for saying our target is to finish top of the bottom 5 mini league! Morst The 88th Min Heartbreaker of Dingles!
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4:29pm Tue 13 Mar 12

dangerous dave says...

Personally think that Paul Robinson has done a good job for the Rovers considering the inexperienced/incomp
etant players he has had in front of him all season - its difficult to say we would have been in a far more difficult position without him but we certainly would have been. Hats off to Robbo no moaning and groaning just gets oin with job and a job well done.
Just read Jason Wilcox column in LT he must be living on cloud cuckoo land and as usual sucking up to the idiot Kean.
He says Rovers will now stay in the Premiership, Credit to the Venkys for keeping Kean and shame that Kean has had much criticism - Wilcox from previous columns we can see you are a friend of Keans and that you have used this to get your son to a mascot day out -so please dont throw your ill judged views at us they are not wanted and smell very 'suck upish' in respect of Kean!!
OUT WITH KEAN AND OUT WITH THE VENKYS
Personally think that Paul Robinson has done a good job for the Rovers considering the inexperienced/incomp etant players he has had in front of him all season - its difficult to say we would have been in a far more difficult position without him but we certainly would have been. Hats off to Robbo no moaning and groaning just gets oin with job and a job well done. Just read Jason Wilcox column in LT he must be living on cloud cuckoo land and as usual sucking up to the idiot Kean. He says Rovers will now stay in the Premiership, Credit to the Venkys for keeping Kean and shame that Kean has had much criticism - Wilcox from previous columns we can see you are a friend of Keans and that you have used this to get your son to a mascot day out -so please dont throw your ill judged views at us they are not wanted and smell very 'suck upish' in respect of Kean!! OUT WITH KEAN AND OUT WITH THE VENKYS dangerous dave
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10:31am Wed 14 Mar 12

Bombay Duck Club says...

Don't worry Robo, Kean says the dark days are behind us.
Don't worry Robo, Kean says the dark days are behind us. Bombay Duck Club
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7:57pm Wed 14 Mar 12

UBIQUITOUS12 says...

The Rovers players clearly appreciated the fantastic support given them by the travelling supporters at Wolverhampton last saturday.Robinson made sure that all the players came over to the fans at the final whistle to thank them.
The Rovers players clearly appreciated the fantastic support given them by the travelling supporters at Wolverhampton last saturday.Robinson made sure that all the players came over to the fans at the final whistle to thank them. UBIQUITOUS12
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11:08am Mon 19 Mar 12

Full Member says...

Well well well . . .
"Clean Sheet Relief"

Home or Away . . I've never been able to keep my sheets clean!!
And Robbo thinks his record's poor this season
Well well well . . . "Clean Sheet Relief" Home or Away . . I've never been able to keep my sheets clean!! And Robbo thinks his record's poor this season Full Member
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