Monday 21 November 2011

Robinson praises Blackburn's spirit

Rovers keeper says last-gasp draw proves team has good attitude

A foul on keeper Paul Robinson won Blackburn a vital last-gasp penalty against Wigan

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson says his side's spirit will help them beat relegation and stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Rovers are currently one off the bottom in the table but they salvaged a dramatic 3-3 draw at rock-bottom Wigan on Saturday as Yakubu netted a penalty nine minutes into injury-time.

The penalty was won by Robinson, who had moved up front as Blackburn - already down to 10 men following a red card for David Dunn - made a last-ditch attempt to avoid defeat.

"On Saturday we showed the spirit we're going to need to get out of this"
- Paul Robinson

"When I look at our dressing room, I see we've got a good spirit here," said Robinson.

"We've got a very, very good spirit and we've proved that with the way we kept battling. That's the spirit we're going to need to get out of this.

"We wanted all three points as we saw this as a winnable game. But as it panned out, going down to 10 and the circumstances of the game, it's definitely a point gained."

Rovers' league form has been poor and they have not won in the Barclays Premier League since September's thrilling 4-3 victory over Arsenal - although they did defeat Newcastle to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

Robinson said: "Against Wigan, I think we were disappointed with the way we played in the first half. But second half, we showed the right attitude and application with 10 men.

"If we show that from the start of games with 11 men, we're not going to be far away."

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Key Points

  • Blackburn currently 19th in Barclays Premier League
  • Have not won in the League since 17th September
  • Robinson won penalty which earned dramatic 3-3 draw at Wigan on Saturday