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Robinson raid cheers Clough

26 August 2012

Derby manager Nigel Clough praised striker Theo Robinson for the way he bounced back from a troubled week with a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 npower Championship draw against Wolves at Molineux.

The Rams had been heading for what would have been a cruel defeat following Kevin Doyle's 35th-minute strike. But substitute Robinson rescued a share of the spoils - four days after being reprimanded by Clough for tweeting that he had been dropped for Tuesday's game against Bolton before the team had been announced.

Clough said: "It would have been easy to leave him off the bench after the problems. But he has an ability to get a goal and it is a rare commodity and he has proved it here.''

Robinson will face no further action and Clough added: "That is finished with now. It has gone. It has been dealt with. We can't ban them from Twitter, we are not allowed to do that as much as we would absolutely love to we are not allowed to do that. "

Despite the late nature of the goal, Clough was still not completely happy and he said: "We deserved the three points not just one. We created good chances and the other team have one shot and get one goal.

"It will turn for us as long as we keep doing the things we did in this game. That is what pleased us the most. We just kept playing and doing the right things until the 93rd, 94th minute.''

Doyle started and finished the move that led to his goal - exchanging passes with David Edwards before pushing the ball beyond goalkeeper Frank Fielding from 10 yards. But it was Derby who carried the most threat throughout. Strikers Jamie Ward and Conor Sammon were both consistently denied by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme before Robinson curled home a low shot.

Even Wolves' manager Stale Solbakken admitted that Derby deserved at least a point and he said: "We started well but we lost our rhythm. We got the goal to lead at half-time and the second half was very even.

"Carl saved us a couple of times in the first-half. In the second there were not so many big chances but we looked more tired that Derby and many players struggled with cramp.

"When you concede a goal in the last minute it is a hard one to take but they probably deserved it.''


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