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Ramos gives backing to under-fire keeper

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Spurs boss Juande Ramos has given Paul Robinson his seal of approval by making him skipper for the Carling Cup tie with Manchester City.

"I knew Robinson was a very good goalkeeper in England just like many of them here, but I also knew I had to lift his morale."

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With Ledley King injured and Robbie Keane suspended, Ramos has made Robinson stand-in captain and he is set to wear the armband again at Eastland.

Ramos said: "I knew Robinson was a very good goalkeeper in England just like many of them here, but I also knew I had to lift his morale.

"He experienced a tough moment with England (when he was dropped for the key Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia) and these things can be difficult, but I have been delighted with his response for Tottenham. I like all our goalkeepers."

Ramos has urged Spurs to press on after winning back-to-back league matches for the first time this season and repeat their triumph over City 11 days ago at White Hart Lane.

City have won all their 10 home matches so far and Ramos admitted: "It is an impressive record and it will be difficult to get anything there but if we play as I know we can play, we can do it."

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Robinson believes the win at Pompey has set Spurs up for a big week.

It would be their second successive Carling Cup semi-final if they make it - after being knocked out last season by Arsenal, their hosts at Emirates next Saturday.

But Robinson insisted: "It was a very big win for us against a Portsmouth side that have been doing well.

"We are moving up the table now, looking at the teams we can catch rather than the teams beneath us.

"We've got a couple of big games this week followed by two games at home over the Christmas period and hopefully we can push on in all competitions.

"We have been a little exposed this season, but we have done a lot of work on the training ground and in the last few matches it has been coming."

Michael Dawson is still a doubt for Spurs after missing the Pompey match following a migraine, although he was released from hospital after tests on Saturday.