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Robinson In Contention
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has insisted that veteran ‘keeper Paul Robinson was recruited to fight for a starting place at Turf Moor.
The ex-England international penned a deal with the Championship outfit until the end of the season but Dyche says that his role in the squad is one of more than just cover for first choice stopper Tom Heaton.
“He’s got a thirst and the bug to come back in and play and I was really impressed by what he had to say and the look in his eye to be hungry to come back in.” Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph of the former Tottenham and Blackburn man.
“You never know where that leads to because of his experience levels and the quality of the goalkeeper he is.
“He’ll be at least cover and then if anything happens he’ll get his chance to play.”
Pressley Warning For Fleetwood
Steven Pressley had a staunch warning for his Fleetwood side after they squandered a valuable point in the 93rd minute of their league match away at Bradford City.
Fleetwood had taken the lead though Jamille Matt before the Bantams equalised and then snatched victory through substitute Steven Davies late on at Valley Parade.
“We can’t lose that game, it’s as simple as that.” Pressley told the Blackpool Gazette.
“When you put so much into it, you can’t lose it in the manner that we did.
“A couple of things I spoke about before coming here were the mentality of the players and doing the basics of the game well. And when we go 1-0 up away from home we have to have the mentality to see the game out.
“We have to change it. I said that to the players after the game.
“We can’t continue to play in the manner we do and not win games.
“We have to change that mentality. We have to win these games and that’s the disappointment.”
Ferguson’s Doncaster Hope
Darren Ferguson admits Doncaster Rovers can only hope to chase the final play-off spot in League One this season.
Ferguson has guided the Keepmoat Stadium outfit to an upsurge in form since taking over in October, but the former Peterborough boss believes promotion this season may be beyond them.
“Ourselves, looking at it realistically, we’re going to have to go some to get top six,” he told the Sheffield Star.
“The top five are out of reach. The other teams above us wouldn’t be saying that but they are for us.
“It might change in terms of which order they finish in but I can’t see it changing too much.”
And Ferguson is clear in his message as the season enters its final third.
“Consistency is the key if we’re going to have a chance.
“You never know. You can go on another run, win four games on the bounce and we’d be having a different conversation.
“This is very much a league that never really changes. It’s very close.”
Richardson Rolls Back The Years
Veteran goalkeeper Barry Richardson made his first appearance in 11 years in Wycombe Wanderer’s win over Plymouth Argyle last Saturday.
The 46-year-old was pressed into action for the first time in over a decade as a 13th minute substitute and helped his side to a 1-0 win against table-topping Plymouth.
The reserve stopper-come-goalkeeping coach was on the bench as back-up for 20-year-old Alex Lynch after former first choice Matt Ingram was sold to Championship side QPR.
And when Lynch suffered a knee injury, Richardson stepped up and made his first showing since turning out for Doncaster in their loss to Cambridge in the Football League Trophy in 2005.
“You don’t think it’s going to happen, but you just prepare yourself,” he told BBC Three Counties Radio.
“If I’d gone out there and had an absolute stinker, it’s not going to bother me. I’m 46, my career’s done.
“The reason I’m on the bench and signed on a non-contract is because financially the club is in a sticky place,” he continued.
“We can’t afford to carry an extra goalkeeper and have got no reserves and academy.
“In an ideal world we’d have a couple of young development goalkeepers, but when I first came in the gaffer said to me ‘will you sit on the bench?’ which I’ve done at most clubs when needed.”
Distin Nostalgiac At Fratton Park
Former Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin tipped his former club ‘to get back where they belong’ after Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at Fratton Park in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
The Frenchman, who won the FA Cup with Pompey in 2008, saw his current employers face an early scare when Gary Roberts gave the hosts the lead before two second half goals handed the Premier League outfit a place in the Fifth Round.
“It felt really good to be back.” Disitin told the Portsmouth News after receiving a warm welcome from the 18,901 crowd. “I had a good reception, there was a good atmosphere and it was a good result for us as well.
“It was strange coming back because the last time I came here was something like seven years ago, so you tend to forget things – I only remember the atmosphere.
“But inside the dressing room and walking back in I got plenty of flashbacks of good memories.
“Portsmouth are a really good team.
“They don’t play like a League Two team – they made it really difficult for us and if they carry on like that I am sure they will get back to where they belong.
“The message at half-time to us was to change and to wake up.
“But we were really professional and changed what we had to change tactically and mentally to have a better second half – then it was fine.”