Cherries: Robbo the unsung hero
MIDFIELD rock Anton Robinson insists he is more than happy to keep making the ugly work look beautiful if it keeps Cherries sitting pretty at the top of League Two. Robinson once again took on a lot of the unseen graft as his solid midfield display helped provide the platform for his team to secure a workmanlike 2-0 victory at Darlington on Saturday. The former Weymouth star enhanced his growing reputation with what is fast becoming a trademark performance full of ferocious tackling, neat distribution and tireless energy levels. Alongside returning skipper Danny Hollands, Robinson ensured Cherries dominated the midfield battleground. While Cherries flair players such as Brett Pitman, who grabbed both goals in the North East, Liam Feeney and Mark Molesley might grab the headlines, Robinson is happy to go about his understated business. Ive always had that sort of unsung hero role and as long as my team-mates appreciate it, the manager appreciates it and the fans appreciate it, thats all I really care about, the emerging talent told the Echo. Theres no point in not playing to your strengths and Im going to keep doing it to stay in the team. Robinsons consistent performances have certainly not gone unnoticed, with boss Eddie Howe again full of praise for the young star. I thought he was outstanding, admitted a delighted Howe. He was really at the heartbeat of everything we did with his closing down and the amount of second balls he won. I thought it was a really good performance from Anton again. Robinson watched as Pitman fired Cherries into an early lead with a well-struck volley, before he played a major role as the men from Dean Court secured victory late on. The midfielders surging run and neat turn led to Anthony Kanes handball, with referee Carl Boyeson having no hesitation in awarding a penalty, which Pitman coolly converted. Describing the incident, Robinson said: The ball slowed down, so I chopped in to get on my right foot and he slid and took it with his hand. It was a clear penalty. I didnt know whether to carry on or wait for the penalty, but Im glad he gave it. Robinson added: We came here to get the three points and take them back to Bournemouth. It wasnt a pretty game. We played well in spells, but again we got the three points without, for me, playing our best. Thats the sign of a strong team and a successful team.
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