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Clarets Can Handle Stronger League - Robbo

5 December 2016

Paul Robinson believes the Premier League is a tougher division than the one he last played in.

But the Clarets’ goalkeeper is adamant Burnley are good enough to stay in it.

Robinson made his top-flight return with an impressive performance against Manchester City which marked his first appearance in the Premier League since May, 2012.

The former England international then deputised again for the injured Tom Heaton in last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

And he is adamant the league has moved on from the one he experienced with Leeds United, Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers.

“Massively. I think the game as a whole has improved,” said Robinson.

“Players are fitter, stronger, they are running further and their ability levels have gone up.

“I think the game as a whole from 10 years ago is a completely different game.

“The level of football as a whole has grown due to the money and the depth management teams go to.

“You have dieticians and sports scientists. It’s a lifestyle now and it wasn’t 10 years ago.

“People are looking how to get every single little advantage from a player, and from a team, that you can possibly get to make you the very best you can.”

Robinson’s last stay in the top flight ended with relegation with Blackburn five seasons ago.

But the 37-year-old has bounced back after reviving his career with the Clarets last term.

And he is sure this will be more than a one-season stay among the elite for Sean Dyche’s side, which is still 14th in the table going into Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.

“I think the team spirit and the togetherness - without the talent we have in that dressing room - is enough to keep us up.

“There is a will to win and a desire not to get beat. The type of people we’ve got in there, there’s more than enough to stay in this league.”

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