Belfast Telegraph

Robinson hopes to keep Crusaders flying

By Graham Luney

Joshua Robinson came to Crusaders' rescue the last time the Shore Road side wrestled with Warrenpoint Town.

The midfielder conjured up an injury-time equaliser at Stangmore Park – a key moment during the unbeaten run of Stephen Baxter's men that has now stretched to a phenomenal 13 matches.

Robinson has only missed one of his side's 12 league outings – and the Crues perhaps missed his presence as they were held 1-1 at home to Dungannon Swifts.

The 20-year-old can play at centre-back, right-back or midfield and his versatility is a massive asset to the Hatchetmen.

As Barry Gray's side prepare for their trip to Seaview tomorrow, Robinson will cast his mind back to the moment when he snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat.

"I was delighted with that late goal at Stangmore as it prevented a defeat," said Robinson. "This is another big game for us because Town are settled in the top flight now and they will have more confidence.

"They had a great result against Cliftonville last weekend and will fancy their chances of getting something against us too. People refer to them as being underdogs but we know how strong they are.

"We have been playing well, although we were disappointed with our first-half showing against Linfield. It's tough to perform home and away on a consistent basis so we can take a lot of confidence from that unbeaten run.

"In Jordan Owens and Timmy Adamson we have talented strikers who are difficult for defences to handle but we aren't looking at the league table.

"It's early days in terms of the title race and while champions Cliftonville have had a few disappointing results, I would expect them to regroup and begin to start firing on all cylinders again.

"We just want to go quietly about our business. The squad is in good shape and the new boys, Nathan Hanley and Sean Cleary, are fantastic additions to the team.

"The boys feel we can challenge at the top as the season unfolds but there's not a lot of points between the top six and I think Linfield will always be favourites given their history of winning leagues and the way they have come out of their bad patch."

He added: "I actually prefer playing at centre-back but being in midfield allows more option to go forward so I'll do whatever job is asked of me."

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