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Keeper Robinson emerges as Spurs hero

Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson was delighted with his return after last night's 1-1 UEFA Cup draw with Slavia Prague.

The England goalkeeper lost his place last month to Radek Cerny and missed 10 games before head coach Juande Ramos turned to him against the Czech Republic league leaders.

Jamie O'Hara extended Spurs' lead from the first leg but Matej Krajcik's goal made it 3-2, and Robinson needed to be at his best to book a tie against PSV Eindhoven in the last 16.

It also put him in the frame for the Carling Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.

"I'd like to think so," he said on ITV4. "I hope so."

Robinson saved in the first half from Jaroslav Cerny's swerving shot, then in the second half he was tested by David Strihavka and Milan Ivana as Spurs nervously closed out victory.

"I've just got to answer to myself," he added. "I know how I've been playing, or not playing as the case has been.

"I just wanted to get back in the team and back on track.

"I'm delighted to be back in the team, in a team that's playing well."

Ramos was full of praise for his goalkeeper.

"He did a great job, he did everything he had to do," said the Spaniard. "We want him to produce the best performance possible and give the best of himself. He was out for a while but his performance was magnificent."

But the Spurs head coach could not guarantee a Wembley place for Robinson.

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