Poyet defends Robbo axe
Gus Poyet has stressed nothing should be read into the decision to drop Paul Robinson against Arsenal.
Last Updated: 10/01/08 9:12pm
Gus Poyet has stressed nothing should be read into the decision to drop Paul Robinson for Tottenham Hotspur's Carling Cup semi-final with Arsenal.
Spurs' No.1 was replaced by Radek Cerny for Wednesday's first leg at Emirates Stadium, with the move sparking new doubts about Robinson's future.
Newspaper reports prior to the game had claimed that Spurs boss Juande Ramos was prepared to offload the England keeper as he puts his own mark on the squad.
But Ramos' assistant Poyet says leaving out Robinson is the same as dropping an outfield player, and insists it does not mean the former Leeds shot-stopper's White Hart Lane career is under threat.
Just a decision
"The problem is, I think, for everyone - for you, me or any kind of supporter - that when you change a player in the other 10, and not the goalkeeper, it looks like it is easy for everyone to understand," Poyet told Sky Sports News.
"When somebody changes the goalkeeper, it becomes breaking news, but it's another decision - there is nothing different between the goalkeeper and a player that is part of the team.
"Managers have to make decisions. I always say football is about decisions and trying to make the right decisions as a manager, and the players have to make the right decisions during the game.
"There is nothing behind that, nothing. There is nothing you can think about what is going to happen in the next few weeks or next few months, it was just a decision to play Radek."
Reports have claimed that Robinson had a bust-up with Ramos, and Poyet would expect the keeper to be upset with the decision.
Poyet added in reference to a row: "There was nothing, I'm serious.
"But, if you ask me personally if I prefer a player to get really, really upset when he gets changed, yes I do, I prefer them to get upset. If not, it looks like they don't care.
"So, everybody expects Robbo to be upset and the way to come back is to fight for his position if he gets a chance to prove everybody wrong - the manager first."