Josh Robinson programme article

Posted : 21st December 2019

Linfield defender Josh Robinson has recently returned to action following a six-month injury lay-off and the 26 year-old told ‘Look at Linfield’ earlier this week that he’s delighted to be back involved in the thick of things.

“I am feeling sharp now, it’s been a long time coming. I like to be involved playing and it was hard to sit on the sidelines watching. Hopefully now that I’m back, I am doing the job and giving something to the team. It was hard to watch the European run but the boys were brilliant! It just shows you how good the Irish League is. We were up against top Champions League, European teams, yet a couple of weeks later we got beat by Coleraine, so that just shows you that the Irish League is a great standard. I love playing in it, it’s a great league and it’s very tight this year which is good for the neutral.”

Last week, goals from strikers Andy Waterworth and Shayne Lavery gave Linfield a 2-0 win away to Warrenpoint Town. Reflecting on the match, Robinson believes the two strikers getting on the score-sheet is a timely boost, ahead of three big games across the festive period.

“I thought we played well. We showed a bit of character to go down to Warrenpoint, as big teams have lost there. Warrenpoint are able to raise their game for the big games, so we were happy to get over the line and get the three points. Our strikers hadn’t been scoring and it had been the back four popping up with the goals but last week, Shayne and Andy got amongst the goals which we were delighted with. They are going to play a big part in the big games coming up and hopefully, they’ll put the ball in the net when it matters.”

Looking ahead, the former Crusaders and York City man was feeling positive. These next three fixtures could prove to be crucial in the title race and he has urged the Linfield support to play their part.

“We have a big squad and that showed last week with the talent we had. Jordan Stewart is back from injury, along with Daniel Kearns and Mark Haughey. It’s good to have those boys back for the big games ahead. It’s all about attitude, we’ll be there fighting over the festive period, giving everything we’ve got and hopefully, results will follow.”

“Boxing Day is massive and the fixture everyone puts in their calendar. We went there two years ago and got beat, so we’ll be looking to make it a better Boxing Day for the fans this year. It wasn’t nice to lose. That was my first Boxing Day game with Linfield – it wasn’t nice and hopefully, we can leave the Oval with a massive three points when it comes around, as well as staying on top. I honestly think it’s been quiet at Windsor recently, but it was bouncing for the European games. We hope the fans come out in their numbers and give us good support. We will need our support pushing us on, even when we’re under pressure.”

Best wishes to Josh and his teammates ahead of the very important and exciting festive period which sees Linfield take on Crusaders, Glentoran and Coleraine all within the space of a week
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