Robinson backs Pompey promotion push

Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
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  • Robinson has previously one won promotion in his career
  • Also part of Millwall side which lost in 2009 League One play-off final
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Paul Robinson has echoed his manager’s call for a Pompey promotion charge.

Paul Cook has been bullish over his Blues ambition since taking over the job a month ago.

Progress on last year would be a top-seven finish but, considering this club and the players we have, our aim should be promotion

Paul Robinson

Those sentiments are shared by potential first-team captain Robinson, who believes Pompey’s focus must be escaping League Two.

The 33-year-old’s maiden Fratton Park season ended in bitter disappointment with a lowly finish of 16th.

Regardless, Robinson emerged as an impressive performer – despite missing the final 10 fixtures with a broken cheekbone.

And he’s eager for the Blues to discover their promotion credentials under the new man at the helm.

He said: ‘The pedigree of the new manager definitely excites me, that’s the reason I came to Portsmouth.

‘I wanted to be part of a team like that, part of building a project like that, that was the big attraction and the big draw.

‘As a player I am desperate for the manager to come in and help build a team to bring us that success.

‘I think at a club like this we need to be looking for promotion. Anything else would be disappointment.

‘Progress on last year would be a top-seven finish but, considering this club and the players we have, our aim should be promotion.

‘The manager has been exactly right in saying that.

‘Coming back for the first day of pre-season that should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Promotion is the aim and promotion is what we should be working towards.

‘That will be the thing that gets us through a tough pre-season and ready to start the campaign flying.’

Robinson has previously won just the one promotion in his career, courtesy of Millwall’s League One play-off final victory over Swindon in 2010.

The previous campaign the Lions lost to Scunthorpe at the same stage.

Following Pompey’s failure last term, Cook is ripping apart the squad he has inherited.

And Robinson is excited to see how the forthcoming campaign unfolds.

He added: ‘I’m looking forward to the season. The manager obviously has had some very good success at this level and the one above and has some good ideas, while his teams play excellent football.

‘Once it was clear he was going to get the job, I watched Chesterfield in the play-offs because I was intrigued to see how they got on, how they played and how his teams went about their work.

‘I think we’ve got good players at Portsmouth.

‘So it will be good to see his ideas and how he will set about building a winning team.

‘There is definitely a good spine, you look from Jonesie to Tubbsy up top, it is there.

‘And I am sure it will be good for the manager to also bring his won players in.’

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