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ROBINSON: "AWAY FORM IS FRIGHTENING"

14 February 2013

On loan midfielder eager to have positive impact...

Gills midfielder Anton Robinson said the side were unlucky not to come away with a win after having to settle for a 0-0 draw against York on Tuesday evening at Bootham Crescent.

Charlie Lee’s 30 yard strike against the crossbar was the closest the visitors came to a winner, and the on loan midfielder said he thought on another day they may have travelled home with all three points in the bag.

He said: “It was a very difficult game but the boys worked hard and I think in the second half we got our foot on the game and were unlucky not to come away with the three points.

“We’ve taken four points from the last two away trips and hopefully we can bounce back with a win at home against Dagenham.

“The conditions were difficult but it was the same for both teams, we do like to get the ball down and play but it was difficult and it showed. With the performance we showed desire, determination and grit.

“The away form is frightening, it’s second to none and it’s the first time I’ve been part of a team that have lost just one game away from home. It’s fantastic to have and if the boys can reciprocate that at home we will be odds on to be champions.

“It was my first 90 minutes on Saturday for a very long time and with each game I feel like I’m getting back to match fitness. The Tuesday came straight after the Saturday so it was difficult on the legs but I’m getting back to match sharpness and hopefully the fans will see better of me in the games to come.”

In order to get Anton signed Martin Allen drove to Halifax to meet the player and persuade him to join the Gills and he said that was a big influential factor on his choice.

He said: “It was a big factor in my decision; I’m a London lad anyway so that was another factor. There were opportunities to go in to League One but the opportunity to win promotion, and I’ve won two in my career, you can’t explain the feeling what it’s like to go up and knowing that was on the cards was a big factor coming to Gillingham.

“First and foremost I’m just trying to get some games. Martin Allen drove up to Halifax to meet me and my missus and convinced me to come, and credit to him. If Gills do get in to League One, I do have a year left on my contract so I will be a Huddersfield player so that has to happen, but with the new manager coming in there that’s another factor.

“Whoever comes in will want to have their own opinion of me but I’m enjoying my football and glad to be a part of Gills promotion push, it’s something that appeals to me and hopefully I can be a big part in them going up.

“It took him five or six hours to drive up on transfer deadline day to speak to me and my wife. Huddersfield told me about the teams who were interested but Martin was the only one to make it clear that he wanted me so that was one of the main reasons I wanted to come down here.

“He literally just came up and explained the situation, he knew that my wife was pregnant so there were a few factors to contend with be understood that and assured my wife that if she wasn’t happy down south or wanted to be back up north then we would work around it.

“I stayed over Friday and Saturday and we did a few bits which helped me to get to know the boys. They are a great bunch of lads and on the first day I came in I fitted in straight away so it wasn’t a problem.

“I had an opportunity to go back to Halifax where my wife is so it was nice to spend a few days with her aswell.”


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