Robinson - Honesty is our policy
Carl Robinson says Norwich City players would be the first to stamp out any cheating by their own team-mates. “Pros don't like it, it's not right,” was Robinson's succinct summation after the controversy surrounding City's match-winning penalty against Leicester, whose players accused Darren Huckerby of taking a dive.
Carl Robinson says Norwich City players would be the first to stamp out any cheating by their own team-mates.
“Pros don't like it, it's not right,” was Robinson's succinct summation after the controversy surrounding City's match-winning penalty against Leicester, whose players accused Darren Huckerby of taking a dive.
“The bunch of lads we have are an honest bunch,” said Robinson. “In training tackles fly in - if you are fouled you go down, if you are not fouled then you shouldn't go down.
“The lads tend to be a pretty honest bunch down here and there are no antics go on, no diving. If there was I think the lads would stamp it out themselves because at the end of the day you want to train as you play.”
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Robinson, who picked up the sponsors' man of the match award for his efforts in the Canaries engine room, was honest enough to make one admission over the incident.
“It was an excellent run by Hucks - but I was too far behind it, he's a bit too quick for me,” he laughed.
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“Seriously, Hucks is a honest lad and he doesn't go down very often in training, so I think it must have been a penalty.”
Robinson was pleased to see Norwich recover from the setback of conceding an equaliser just when they were looking to get a second goal of their own, Gareth Williams' thunderbolt from 25 yards hauling Leicester back into the game.
“It was out of the blue,” he said. “It was a case of when you are 1-0 up and you can't get a second goal, no matter how much pressure you are putting the other team under there is a chance that they can score. It was an excellent strike from the lad, but it was a test for us and we have come out, rolled our sleeves up and fought back.”
Robinson admitted the build-up hadn't been the best, in a week when he refuted claims by fellow Welshman and Canaries legend Iwan Roberts that some of the players had let manager Nigel Worthington down.
“I has been difficult this week, with things that have been said, but the lads have kept together, concentrated on what we were aiming to do and we showed that,” he said. “First half I think we played well at times, not so well at times, and in the second half we had a setback with their goal which was an excellent finish, but we rolled our sleeves up and got the three points we deserved.”
At times there was more atmosphere on the moon than at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon as the few remaining optimists finally accepted the inevitable - that City's run-in is now totally meaningless.
However, Robinson said the players would not be giving up.
“We have five games to go, we believe if you win all five you never know, it's not in our hands any more, but football is about winning,” he said. “Wherever I have been I have wanted to win every game of football. Whether it be on a Saturday afternoon or whether it be in a practise match in training, I want to win things, to win games.
“ If we didn't win today and the other results went for us it would be disappointing, which is what happened last Friday after the Burnley game. We had to make sure we worked hard to get the win today and I thought we deserved it.”