Josh Robinson programme article
Posted : 13th October 2018
Linfield made it an incredible eight clean sheets from ten league matches with a 1-0 win away to Glentoran on Monday night. An ever-present in the back four throughout that run has been Josh Robinson, who’s caught the eye with some strong performances at the back. ‘Look at Linfield’ caught up with the 25 year-old this week to discuss his encouraging start to the season.
“I’ve been working on my own personal level of fitness this season. Mentally and physically, I’ve came back stronger. I had a good pre-season as I played most of the friendlies, so this was always going to stand me in good stead. It always helps having a run of games, as being in and out makes it difficult to build any momentum, as well as getting a good relationship with players, especially the likes of Jimmy Callacher who I’ve partnered at the back. The new system helps to take pressure off us defenders because the forward players can be more direct, as they have more protection from our two holding midfielders.”
Josh also praised the impact first team coach Darren Murphy and strength and conditioning coach Ricky McCann have both had since joining the staff in the summer.
“Ricky McCann coming in has improved the team as he’s obviously been working with full time professionals for the Northern Ireland international team, so he has high expectations for our fitness levels. Darren Murphy has also been vital to us this season - he’s been about the league for years and I feel he’s a great motivator and he works really well with the manager, Ross Oliver and Ricky McCann.”
The former Rangers youth player also hailed the summer signings and he says they were exactly what the team needed as the Blues set out to bring silverware back to Windsor Park.
“It’s good to have healthy competition for your place but to be honest, I put enough pressure on myself to perform week in and week out, to constantly be at my best. The manager has made great signings, as they are players who we have needed and they all bring something different to the team. At Linfield you’re expected to bring in silverware every year and last year we weren’t able to, so as a squad we are determined to put that right.”
Josh, grandson of legendary Linfield maestro Billy Millen, moved to Windsor Park just over a year ago now and he says that he’s loved it so far. The staff and supporters have welcomed him and he believes the fans can play a big part this season.
“I’m loving it at Linfield. All the staff have treated me well and looked after me. That’s helped play a major part in me settling in at the club. The supporters have been great, too. We all know we have the best support in the league. When our fans are behind us, the opposing team can always feel the pressure. I think it was a great idea to recently reopen the Kop Stand because the fans can really group together to spur us on.”
Hopefully, the supporters can get behind Josh and his team mates today, to roar the team on to what would be another hugely important three points that would maintain Linfield’s early season momentum and encouraging form and results.