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Robinson Joy at Premier League Return

26 November 2016

Paul Robinson said he is delighted to be keeping the Clarets’ goalkeeping gloves warm for Tom Heaton after proving he still has what it takes to cut it in the Premier League.

Robinson was called into action to make his debut after Heaton’s ever-present league run as a Burnley player was ended by a calf injury.

And former England international Robinson, 37, was unlucky to finish on the losing side as Manchester City came from behind to scrape to a 2-1 win at Turf Moor thanks to two goals from Sergio Aguero.

“When I made the decision to come back, I couldn’t envisage I would get the chance to play in the Premier League again,” said Robinson, who joined the Clarets in January after seven months out of the game.

“Things have gone really well. I have got myself fit, got myself in a condition that I wanted to be in and to be given the chance to play today is the icing on the cake for me.

“It’s like riding a bike. It’s two years since I played a competitive game, four years since a Premier League game but I made the first save and it was like ‘that feels really good’.

“I just enjoyed it. It was a no-lose situation for me. We weren’t expecting to do anything and I personally wasn’t expected to do anything.

“When Tom gets fit he’s coming back in because he is in excellent form, he’s the club captain and he’s doing really well.

“My job is to hold the fort while he’s away to the best of my ability, which is what I’m doing.”

Robinson made three top-class saves in the first half, which ended level after Aguero had pounced following a corner to cancel out Dean Marney’s superbly struck opener for the Clarets.

Aguero then bagged the winner after a defensive mix-up but Burnley pushed Pep Guardiola’s big spenders all the way before they hung on to secure the three points that took them to the top of the Premier League before the later kick-offs.

But despite getting nothing to show for another impressive home performance, Robinson was pleased with the response Sean Dyche’s side showed following a 4-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion last time out.

“We let ourselves down on Monday and I think we really did show up today and put in a performance,” added the former Blackburn, Tottenham and Leeds number-one.

“We had to give them something they didn’t like. We put it in the box a few times and we made it ugly, which was our game plan, because realistically we can’t match Manchester City in a pure football match.

“They have got millions and millions of pounds worth of talent and they are a great football team.

“We had to do something different to affect the game, which I think we did very well. I think we did enough to get something.”

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