Interview with defender after play-off place sealed
Paul Robinson said he’s been proud to have played his part in AFC Wimbledon’s progress after an “unexpected” switch from Portsmouth last summer.
The 34-year-old only signed a week before the 2015/16 season began after being allowed to leave Pompey, but he has played a pivotal role in Wimbledon’s successful pursuit of play-off place after featuring in 44 out of 45 league games so far.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Robinson said: “It was a bit of a late change for me and an unexpected change, but looking back I am so pleased with it. I’ve enjoyed working with a great group of lads and it’s great to play a part in the continuing progress of this football club. The manager has been fantastic with me.
“It’s been a long, tough season and we’ve had to put a real shift in, but we are looking forward to the play-offs. The boys are over the moon and it’s an achievement to be proud of, but I can tell there’s an underlying feeling that we are going to go into the play-offs and have a good go at it. We are looking forward to trying to turn this season from a good one into a great one.”
Robinson has been through it all before six years ago when he helped Millwall into the Championship via the play-offs, the defender scoring the winner at Wembley. He is relishing another crack at promotion in the latter part of his career.
“We have to take each individual game on its merits,” added Robinson. “If we do that then hopefully we can get the results over the two legs. That’s what we will do and obviously anything can happen at Wembley. I’m sure the manager will have his plans in place and we will just have to see who comes our way. There’s a bit of chopping and changing still to take place next weekend.
“We want to do well against Newport, but in terms of the play-offs we have a bit of time to prepare and make sure we are raring to go. We will go into it with confidence as we’ve been on a great run with four clean sheets in five games. We’ll be going into it in good form and looking forward to it whoever we take on.”
channel.You TubePaul Robinson’s interview was interrupted by a celebrations from Jake Reeves on Saturday! A clip of this is now on our official