Captain’s Pompey pride tempered by form

Pompey captain Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey captain Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
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PAUL ROBINSON has spoke of his pride at being handed the Pompey captain’s armband.

But the new recruit from Millwall admitted that honour is being tainted by his team’s dismal winless run.

And Robinson explained he won’t truly take pleasure from leading the Blues until he’s part of a side delivering victories.

The challenge of ending eight games without a win continues at league leaders Wycombe tomorrow.

And steering Pompey to victory is all that’s on the 33-year-old’s mind.

Robinson said: ‘The gaffer gave it to me (the armband) last week.

‘It’s an absolute privilege and an honour.

‘It’s been a pleasure, I’m just disappointed I’ve not been able to pick up three points wearing it.

‘There’s been some fantastic players to have worn that armband down the years.

‘To follow in their footsteps is great.

‘But I want to be part of a successful football team.

‘I want to be part of a side who is putting this club back on that journey to where they belong.

‘It’s an honour to lead the lads and I want to be a part of turning this position around.

‘I’ve come here to achieve things.

‘As long as this run continues I won’t be happy.’

Robinson admitted it was a relief to have his future secured, after inking an 18-month permanent deal, following his arrival on loan in August.

Now he’s looking forward to the challenge of putting the club back on track.

‘It’s nice to commit more for 18 months and be part of this project,’ said Robinson.

‘It’s nice to get it sorted.

‘There is always that bit of uncertainty and you never feel fully settled as a loan player.

‘It’s now down to the next 18 months to be clear about what I’m doing.

‘It’s great to be able to settle down and, ultimately, get myself stuck in to the task at hand of getting this club back to where it deserves to be.

‘I had the chance to join other clubs at a higher level.

‘But the attractive option of being part of this fantastic football club was ultimately what I wanted to do.

‘At this stage of my career it’s just as important to have that challenge ahead of you to keep you motivated and going.

‘That’s why I chose Portsmouth and will be working incredibly hard ever day to make sure that happens.’

Robinson is now looking forward to settling into his new surroundings with his family.

He believes that can only help his game moving forward.

‘I’m moving the family down and we are going to fully commit to the club and the area,’ added Robinson.

‘Having the family nearby is important to me.

‘Work and family are the two biggest priorities in my life.

‘To have that all together in the same area is massively important.

‘Having them here means I’m not running up and down the motorway every two minutes.

‘So, hopefully, that can be rewarded on the pitch as well.’