Robbo content at Spurs
Tottenham goalkeeper determined to retain his place
Last Updated: February 25, 2008 7:23pm
Robinson: Saluted by fans
Paul Robinson is adamant that his long-term future remains at Tottenham, after playing his part in Sunday's Carling Cup success against Chelsea.
The Spurs goalkeeper was dropped for the semi-final against Arsenal and replaced by Radek Cerny for 10 matches but was recalled for Spurs' Uefa Cup game on Thursday and retained his place for the Wembley showpiece.
Although he was arguably at fault for Didier Drogba's goal that opened the scoring, he made several sharp stops late on to ensure Juande Ramos' side kept hold of a 2-1 lead.
And having lifted silverware, Robinson is doubly determined to rubber-stamp his position as the club's regular No.1.
"I've got four years left on my contract, I'm absolutely delighted to be here," he said.
"I've never ever said anything other than that."
Robinson insists he has never felt any ill-will towards his manager, despite Ramos' demonstration in his debut campaign at White Hart Lane that he can be ruthless in dispatching of those that are not performing.
"The manager doesn't see the goalkeeper as a different position, he sees you as part of his team," he said.
"If a striker is not scoring goals he'll take him out, if the goalkeeper is not doing his job he'll take him out. That's the way it's been.
"It was difficult for me to accept at first but that is the way it is and I'm delighted to get a winners' medal.
"I don't think after one bad game you get taken out - after a poor run of form the manager is entitled to do what he wants to do.
"I'm not going to lie and say it's been an easy season for me. People know it's been a rough time for me but to go through the bad times makes me appreciate this even more.
"I knew I had the ability there, I was just pleased rather than surprised how things went."