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Robinson Relishing Game Time

8 December 2017

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Having worked hard to break his way back into the side in recent weeks, Callum Robinson has impressed in recent games and earned himself a starting place in the last two matches.

Having featured in the early stages of the season, Robinson has had to be patient in recent months but is hoping he can now build on his form of late.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the trip to Burton Albion, the 22-year-old said: "When you're not involved it's hard and you're not getting the minutes but as the gaffer has always said, when you get your chance you've just got to make sure you're ready.

" I was working hard in the build up to getting my chance and I've been really happy over the last few weeks, I'm slowly getting my confidence back on the pitch.

"I obviously got my goal against Bristol City and then carried it on against Norwich which wa obviously a big game for the gaffer and for us, and we got the draw and I did alright in that game.

"Then the QPR game, it ended up being quite hard because they sat back and we had to slowly break them down which we did and I enjoyed that as well so I am getting my confidence back and I'm really feeling much better with the minutes as well.

The forward has been developing his game at both ends of the pitch and feels manager Alex Neil's attention to detail has benefitted him defensively.

"The gaffer goes into a lot of detail so you've got to make sure you do your job and make sure you are up and down if you're playing out wide.

"I feel like I've been defending the best I can for the team, obviously it's not my strength but, especially against Norwich, I was tracking back and there is a lot of detail with the gaffer and you know that you've got a job on your hands which you should have as a professional footballer.

"I've been enjoying it, defensively you have to do that side of the job and then attacking wise, the gaffer says that in the final third to do what you're good at so I've been enjoying it the last few weeks."

Robinson won't be resting on his laurels though, and knows he will need to maintain the standards he's set in order to keep his place in the team with plenty of competition for places in his position.

"I was really happy with the Norwich performance, for the all round performance but then all week I was thinking in my head and spoke to my dad and said I just need to make sure I keep at that level now and keep my place in the team.

"Obviously there are a lot of lads looking to get in like I was a few weeks ago and I've just to make sure I keep that level of consistency up which I think I'm doing so hopefully I can keep playing well for the team and doing a job.

"I think being a forward player, just a little bit of confidence and knowing that the gaffer believes in you means when you go out on the pitch you can express yourself. You don't want to be feeling worried or not wanting to do a trick or something."

Watch the full interview with Callum on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.

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