Robinson holds his hands up

England goalkeeper admits Russia error

Last Updated: 19/10/07 9:45am

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Robinson: Moscow misery

Robinson: Moscow misery

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Paul Robinson has admitted he was at fault for Russia's winning goal as England saw their Euro 2008 qualification hopes taken out of their hands with defeat in Moscow.

The Tottenham goalkeeper, whose position in the national side has been under scrutiny for some time, could only push Alexey Berezutskiy's shot into the path of two-goal substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Defeat for Steve McClaren's side means they now need Russia to slip up against Israel or Andorra, or hope Croatia are stunned by Macedonia, prior to their final fixture against Slaven Bilic's men.

Kick in the teeth

Robinson said: "For the second goal, I just didn't get enough on the ball.

"I got a hand on it but not a strong enough hand and the ball fell in the middle of the area. But we had chances as well to have gone further ahead at 1-0.

"It seems like we have had a kick in the teeth. We were confident going into the Russia game. We showed that in the first half. We were in total control.

"We couldn't believe afterwards that we hadn't won the game. But the penalty for their first goal gave them a lift and the crowd got behind them and, when a team has got momentum, it is difficult to stop."

Despite England's perilous position, Robinson is refusing to give up hope on reaching the finals in Austria and Switzerland next summer.

Difficult to take

Robinson added: "It was a low dressing room afterwards. We had come off the back of some very good results and we were quite optimistic. It is out of our hands but we've got a game against Croatia still to play.

"We've got to get a result and we've got to remain positive and hope the other results go our way. We've got to hope Israel are as resolute against Russia as they were against us. They put a lot of men behind the ball and fought hard.

"It is difficult when you are depending on other teams. It will be difficult to take if we don't qualify.

"We have to stay focused and still believe because, as we saw in our game, five minutes can change a football match.

"Russia have got a difficult place to go to still in Israel and they've got to get the results now."

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