Robinson - Bring on the Reds
Paul Robinson says Blackburn are relishing the visit of Liverpool after their Carling Cup win over Chelsea.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 03/12/09 5:30pm
Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson says he cannot wait to face Liverpool after his side's stunning penalty win over Chelsea.
Rovers sent Carlo Ancelotti's side crashing out of the Carling Cup quarter-finals, winning a dramatic tie 4-3 on penalties to set-up a semi-final date with Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old was the hero in the shoot-out, saving two penalties after the match had finished 3-3 in extra-time.
Robinson believes the win has filled his team-mates with confidence ahead of the visit of Liverpool, who are in desperate need of points to get their season back on track.
Blackburn are also eyeing up a win for different reasons as they look to pull away from the relegation zone and Robinson says Liverpool will not fancy the trip to Ewood Park.
"Bring on Liverpool," Robinson said. "The cup run is a huge boost for our confidence.
"We did a good job on them (Chelsea) and now we have Liverpool on Saturday and they will not be looking forward to that.
"It will be a difficult game but they won't be too keen on playing us in this form and at Ewood where our home form has been fantastic.
"We always have confidence now at home, so we do not have any fears about Liverpool coming here."
The England goalkeeper admitted he was disappointed to have let in Chelsea's 120th minute equaliser, and felt the burden was on him to help his side through the shoot-out.
Paulo Ferreira's powerful shot found its way past Robinson to level the scores, after a Benni McCarthy goal in extra-time had looked to have won it for the home side.
"As a goalkeeper I felt that I had to make amends for that and hopefully the penalty shoot-out did just that," Robinson said.
"I had to get focused. It was such a late stage of the game to do something like that, it was very disappointing."
Rovers will also be boosted by the return of manager Sam Allardyce for the clash against Liverpool, who will take up his seat in the dugout once again after an angioplasty procedure last month.
Blackburn have lost just one in four in their manager's absence, and Robinson says the players can give their boss a welcome-back present by going on a good run of form.
"I know he was keeping in touch with the Chelsea game and I suppose all the drama was a good test for him and the heart surgery he had," Robinson said.
"This cup run has got us in the right frame of mind, it has become a springboard for our league form. Hopefully by the end of December we will be in a position to be looking up the league rather than down."