Robert denies journo attack

Last updated : 03 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The temperamental Frenchman claimed: "In my first season with Newcastle, I was for this journalist a very important member of the team. This year, I don't know why I became a target for him.

"After our defeat in Bolton he went too far in his remarks. He said I didn't know what it meant to wear Newcastle's black and white colours.

"I accept criticism on my performances, but when I'm told things like that, I lose my temper. I went to him and told him. But unlike what was said, there was no assault."

Well it has been easy to see why Robert attracted criticism for his performances but at least Oliver’s criticism seems to have inspired him to a positive reaction on the field.