Jol gives Robinson the nod
Martin Jol will provide Paul Robinson with an opportunity to 'forget the mistake he made' against Aston Villa.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 04/10/07 8:31am
Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol will provide Paul Robinson with an opportunity to 'forget the mistake he made'.
Robinson has come in for much scrutiny this season following several questionable goalkeeping errors.
The magnitude of Monday night's blunder against Aston Villa was somewhat overshadowed by Younes Kaboul's injury-time equaliser.
But that has not stopped some critics jumping on the back of Robinson and questioning his shaky displays.
His manager, though, has explained that he will provide the England international with a chance to make amends for his calamity - so that he can regain his confidence ahead of a tricky trip to Anfield.
Prior to Sunday's clash against Liverpool, Spurs face Anorthosis Famagusta in the second leg of their Uefa Cup first round tie.
Jol's men smashed the Greek side 6-1 at White Hart Lane, leading most to believe that the Dutch tactician would rotate his side and possibly hand back-up stopper Radek Cerny a start.
But Jol has insisted that he will be sticking with his regular No.1, and is hoping that his side can keep things tight at the back after demonstrating some woeful defending early on in the season.
"He's my number one so I made a decision," Jol said.
"You could say that this is maybe a game for Cerny but I think this is good opportunity for Paul to keep his rhythm. If we do well and keep a clean sheet, it will be marvellous.
Mistakes and errors
"It's not a matter of wanting to play, it's a good opportunity for him before the Liverpool game to get a good game under his belt and forget the mistake he made.
"We made mistakes and he made an error but I'm not someone who is going to punish him for that because he is number one for us and in the same game he had two very good saves before the situation.
"Paul wants to play because he wants to do better, we want to do better defensively so he will play.
"I can't come up with another goalkeeper, and nor can the England manager or Sven Goran Eriksson before him."