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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 1, 2007

Robinson confident over goalkeeping spot

Paul Robinson is confident of remaining Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper, with Juande Ramos promising to give his players every chance to prove themselves before the transfer window opens.

Ramos admitted improvement is needed in all areas following the unconvincing Carling Cup win over Blackpool but he has two months before he can recruit players.

Robinson has made a series of mistakes this season but produced a stunning save in Ramos' first game in charge, while also looking shaky with his handling and kicking at times.

'We will see what happens and if he makes any signings,' said Robinson. 'I am confident I am number one and that it will stay that way.'

Goalkeeper Andres Palop and former Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute have been linked with moves to White Hart Lane after their success under Ramos at Sevilla but the new boss told Spanish newspaper AS that signings were not on his mind.

'Neither from Sevilla or any other team,' he said. 'I have to know what I have here.'

That could prove to work in Robinson's favour after a season where he has been guilty of errors for Spurs and England.

The 28-year-old's form has been part of Spurs' dismal start to the season where they have won once in the Premier League, but he has seen a bit of confidence restored since Ramos took charge of team affairs at the start of the week.

'We have been working defensively the last few days and trying to shore up at the back,' he said.

'The clean sheet against Blackpool reflects that but we have a lot more work to do.

'I think everyone saw a Tottenham team starting to get a bit of confidence and play with a bit of freedom, that is the way the manager wants us to play.'

Robinson and his team-mates were in for training on the morning of the Blackpool game and Ramos comes with a reputation as a disciplinarian.

A lack of stamina, however, has not been a factor behind their drop into the relegation zone, according to Robinson.

'I don't think our fitness has been behind the disappointing start to the season,' he said. 'There are a lot of factors that contribute to a team losing.'

There has been off-the-pitch chaos since the start of the season that has not helped either, and Spurs are still battling to win back credibility following the messy manner of Martin Jol's dismissal.

'You don't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, we needed to make changes and they were made,' explained non-executive director Sir Keith Mills.

Ramos has been drafted in and is already speaking to his players in English.

'Juande has communicated very well, a lot better than people think he can,' said Robinson.

'He has an aura and confidence about him and hopefully that will breed through the team.'

The Spaniard admitted it was a good time to move clubs after consecutive UEFA Cups, Champions League qualification but a string of poor results this season.

'After some erratic games with Sevilla there was a certain unease and I felt that the people were tired and that it was convenient to have a change of air,' Ramos added in AS.

Ramos also comes with a reputation of attacking football using width and he has also stated he wants to win with 'panache', although he puts emphasis on having the right players.

'Systems do not win matches,' he said. 'You need to find a system that will get the best out of the footballers.

'I want to see the team competing so that we can go on to improve and change things.'

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