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Captain's log: Day three

Posted: Tue 09 Jul 2013
Author: Andy Walker
Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Blues skipper Paul Robinson reports back for the latest installment of his daily diary from Ireland.

Robbo on the Shamrock Rovers match..

"We picked up a few more injuries than we would have liked but you have to take the positives from the game - we kept a clean sheet and got a 4-0 win. Obviously now we're sweating on a few of the lads with injuries so hopefully it's all good news.

"Obviously Matt (Green) was the main concern with him being knocked out but he seems to have come around and he's fine now. He's just feeling a bit groggy so he's just got to rest for a couple of days.

"Novs (Lee Novak) got a knock with the goalie and Eards (Neal Eardley) has a bit of a sore foot so we're just waiting results to come back on those knocks and hopefully it's nothing serious.

"I said in yesterday's diary that the priority was not to pick up any injuries so maybe that was the kiss of death. I don't think the referee helped the situation with a few of the tackles, they were flying in and obviously  for us our priority was just getting fitness levels up."

Robbo on Colin Doyle's cameo as a striker...

"Big Doyle coming on up front but I've heard he's done it before so no change there but I think we'll stick to that during pre-season and not when the season gets going.

"I think the Blues fans enjoyed it  and we certainly did seeing him on the pitch, it was a good bit of banter in the end.

"What was he thinking with his Ronaldo-like stance for the free-kick? I would have preferred one of the other lads to have had a shot but Doyler's a character and he wanted to score so he had a go."

Robbo on the 3-5-2 formation...

"I enjoy it. I've played it before and I think it can work really well. The players the gaffer has brought in need to adapt to that formation as well but we can still change to four at the back because we've got good options.

"I think the gaffer's main aim is to play the 3-5-2 and I think it's working so far. The lads have taken everything in that he's wanted and on the pitch we've commanded as a team where we want each other positionally as players. We've been hard to break and we've scored goals so hopefully we can keep that going."

To read day two of Robbo's diary click here.