Forgotten man speaks about frustration

Last updated : 06 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Robbie shows his trademark determination
The combative Geordie was a first team regular last season, but has found himself behind Aaron Hughes and Olivier Bernard this season and has even had to play out of position in the centre of defence for the reserves.

Robbie told the Journal: "It's been tough for me so far this season but there are other experienced players in the same boat.

"Try telling any one of us that this game isn't important and we'll say otherwise. It's a chance to put ourselves back in the frame even if it is only for one game.

"It might not look like the biggest match of the season but if we can beat Everton then that's another Worthington Cup tie to come. In my position these games could be a godsend.

"All I can do is make the most of the opportunity against Everton and see what happens after that.

"I'll give it my best shot and if things go well then who knows?

"I need games right now and it doesn't matter to me what competition they're in. I still think I have plenty to offer to Newcastle United and this is the chance to prove it."

Its good to hear a professional footballer who doesn’t moan about deserving to be a first team regular when he’s out of the starting eleven.

We know that Robbie is a local boy committed to the cause and that when Sir Bobby has to call on him, he won’t let us down.

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