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Sunday 17 March 2013

On this day: Sorry says Robinson after freak goal

In series on Premier League's history, we look at the Spurs goalkeeper's goal against Watford

  • While happy, Paul Robinson did not milk his goal for Tottenham

  • Robinson commiserates with Ben Foster after the match rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 17 March 2007: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Watford

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson was in an apologetic mood after his goal helped Tottenham Hotspur ease past Watford at White Hart Lane.

With Spurs leading through Jermaine Jenas's 41st-minute goal, the goalkeeper took a free-kick five yards outside outside his area after 63 minutes and pumped the ball long. Ben Foster, in the Watford goal, misjudged the flight and watched in horror as the ball bounced over his head and into the net. 

It was not Robinson's first goal, he had scored for Leeds United four years earlier, but, knowing the perils of being in goal, he was in no mood to milk the moment. Five months earlier, playing for England, an irregular bounce of the ball meant he missed a clearance to give Croatia a goal.

"It was a freak goal and there's nobody who knows more about those than me over the last season," Robinson said. "People will question him now and it's part and parcel of being a goalkeeper.

"Criticism can be very difficult, very hard, depending on what level the criticism is and as a goalkeeper it's about how you react and you have to remain mentally strong. I didn't celebrate the goal out of respect that I have for any goalkeeper. It was fantastic to score a goal, but I can't really pretend that I meant it."

Hossam Ghaly curled a third late on for Spurs before Darius Henderson's consolation for Watford.

Foster held up his hands at the end and revealed Robinson had apologised to him.

"It was my fault completely,"  Foster said. "I liked the way when the ball went in he didn't go running around the pitch to celebrate. That showed respect and I really appreciate that.

"He just said to me, 'Sorry about that, that's the way it is.' ''

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Paul Robinson scoring for Spurs against Watford