Robinson saddened by reaction
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Robinson feels he is being made a scapegoat for England's 2-0 defeat.
Paul Robinson feels he is being made a scapegoat after revealing he is saddened by the reaction to his howler against Croatia.
With England trailing 1-0 in Zagreb, the hosts secured a second goal when Gary Neville's backpass hit a divot, bounced over Robinson's foot and rolled into the net.
The Tottenham keeper has been lampooned over the incident and he is upset that people feel it was an error on his part.
"I have come in for a lot of criticism," Robinson told Sky Sports News. "People have a different opinion, my opinion is very different to the way a lot of the media have reported it.
"I look at the incident and it was just a ridiculous fluke.
"To be treated the way I have been done today saddens me. I'm very disappointed with the way it's been reported.
"I've looked at the incident many, many times and I play that ball so many times. It comes back to you and goes up to the halfway line into the other half of the pitch.
"It's just one of them things. It hit the turf in front of me, has gone up over my foot and for it to be reported as a mistake, as my fault, I mean I can't see what I did that badly wrong.
"It's hit the grass in front of me and everything's out of my control."
When asked whether he felt he was being made a scapegoat for England's defeat, Robinson replied: "Without a doubt.
"It's different people every week, at the moment it's my turn.
"It's a freak incident. It does look bad, but when you watch it in slow motion, and even from behind the goal, you see the ball rolling flat and just before me, just as I'm about to make contact, it hits the turf and goes up.
"It's totally out of my control."
Robinson is thankful he has an early opportunity to get back into action with a Premiership game against Aston Villa, but remains unhappy with the treatment he has received in the media.
He continued: "We have got a game on Saturday to focus on and it's fortunate that I've got a game so quickly.
"Hopefully I can put all this kind of circus behind me and get on with doing what I do best.
"I certainly wasn't expecting it (the criticism) last night. I was disappointed not to win the game, but I was not expecting to wake up to the barrage of abuse I received this morning.
"I couldn't believe it, I had never felt like that in my life before. Goalkeepers make mistakes and I've made mistakes as well that have cost goals, but nothing like that has ever happened to me.
"I looked down at the floor to see what I'd hit, what it had done, and I thought 'that was a sweet connection' because I didn't feel it hit my foot.
"I looked round and it's in the back of the net and just gone right over my foot."