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Cherries: Forward thinking from Robinson
Published : 11 Sep 2009 07:00:00
VERSATILE Cherries star Anton Robinson plans to be more of a Glen Johnson than a Gary Neville if he is tasked with Cherries right-back duties. But he admits he may have to curb his attacking enthusiasm if selected in Eddie Howes back four for the clash against Lincoln City at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm). Robinson has starred in his preferred central midfield berth this term as Cherries have taken League Two by storm. But with Lee Bradbury struggling to overcome a calf problem and star midfielder Danny Hollands back in contention, Robinson could again be required to fill in on the right side of defence. It is a position which has come under the spotlight this week, with Englands Johnson, likely to be Nevilles long-term replacement, coming in for criticism from some quarters for his attacking approach to the role. But the Liverpool defenders style is something Robinson would be keen to emulate providing the situation allowed him to get forward. Id like to prefer Glen Johnson, but when Liam Feeneys on the wing you want to leave him on the ball because its better leaving him to do his stuff, he told the Echo. I like to get forward and I will try to get myself in the game as high up the pitch as I can. But however the game is going, you have got to adapt to it. Switching positions is something a number of Cherries players have got used to, with the clubs embargo preventing boss Howe from bolstering his squad. I know the situation the gaffer is in, especially with the embargo in place, said Robinson. The lads have got to do a shift if the numbers are low and, when Lee Bradbury gets injured, the gaffer needs me to play right-back and Im happy to do that for him. The first time Ive really adapted to the role has been under Eddie Howe and I think he can see I wont let him down in that position. We did a lot of positional work in training, especially last season, and I feel a lot more comfortable now slotting in at right-back. I feel much more adapted to that position and its definitely been down to the work Eddie has done with me over the past year. Bradbury is one of a number of players struggling to be fit in time for the visit of Lincoln, with late decisions also likely to be made on the likes of Jason Pearce and Steve Fletcher. Meanwhile, manager Howe believes tomorrows opponents will prove to be dangerous customers. He said: A change of manager saw them get a positive result last week with a good performance against Darlington. By all accounts, they played very well. It will be a tough test. Cherries: (from) Jalal, Bradbury, Guyett, Garry, Cummings, Feeney, Robinson, Molesley, Igoe, Hollands, Bartley, Connell, Fletcher, Pitman, Webb, Partington, McQuoid, Pearce, Tindall, Thomas. Lincoln City: (from) Burch, Hughton, Kovacs, Swaibu, Brown, J Clarke, Kerr, Butcher, John-Lewis, Fagan, Howe, Hutchinson, Musselwhite, Clucas, S Clarke, Hone, Adams.