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Robbo's Rovers dream

16 November 2012

By Tony Leighton

Birkenhead boy Andy Robinson is dreaming of helping his home town club Tranmere Rovers to promotion after making a great start to the npower League 1 season.

Beating Milton Keynes Dons on Friday evening would put Rovers a massive eight points clear at the top of the table ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

And though there are almost two-thirds of the season remaining, midfielder Robinson feels that he could be on the way to completing a hat-trick of League 1 promotions.

He played a key role as Swansea City won the division in 2008 then, in an injury-hit campaign two years later, he was in the Leeds United squad that finished runners-up.

The experienced 33-year-old midfield man told football-league.co.uk: "Winning promotion with my home town team would be the biggest achievement of my career.

"We've achieved nothing yet and there's a long way to go, but we're on the verge of something great and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about it."

Robinson has been a driving force in Tranmere's season so far, netting eight goals in 12 League appearances to help take the leaders well clear of the chasing pack.

They had a blip in late October, losing two games in succession after going unbeaten throughout the first two months of their League campaign, But they have bounced back in style to increase the gap at the top of the table.

"Getting back to winning ways quickly was vital," Robinson added.

"Everybody had been waiting for us to slip up and we did, but the key thing was how we responded and we've done that brilliantly.

"I'm really pleased that I've been chipping in with goals and I feel that I'm playing well, but the most important thing is the team and it's been a great team effort.

"We've started another good run and we'll be looking to keep it going by beating MK Dons to make it three League wins on the bounce.

"That would keep the pressure on the teams below us, but it will be tough against the Dons as they're one of those teams and they've also just won three on the bounce.

"It should be a juicy game against a good team who go out to play quality football, just as we do, and hopefully we can come out with another three important points."

Another three points would edge Tranmere a little closer to Robinson's dream scenario of promotion, but the 'old man' of the team is not looking too far ahead.

"We've put ourselves in a great position," he said, "but there's a lot of hard work in front of a young team whose average age is only around 22.

"I'm the old man of the team and the youngsters keep reminding me of it, but hopefully my experience of being in promotion winning sides can benefit this one."

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