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Skipper Robbo on "emotion" of Wembley win

The captain on Millwall's Play-Off success...

3 April 2020

In big games, big moments are defined by big players - step forward, Paul Robinson.

This week, millwallfc.co.uk have been taking a look back 10 years at The Lions' 2009/10 League One Play-Off Final-winning campaign, in which Kenny Jackett's side returned to Wembley Stadium 12 months on from defeat to beat Swindon Town and secure a place in The Championship.

'Robbo' - now on the coaching staff at The Den - netted the vital winner in the Final against The Robins, but also nodded home one of two goals to send the club to a second successive match at the home of football inside a year.

The Semi-Final Second Leg in SE16 against The Terries is widely regarded as one of the great Den occasions, and the skipper explained how the atmosphere led his side to believe they were unbeatable on the night.

"It was just a brilliant night - probably the best I've had," he said. "It was unbelievable and makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up talking about it. The intensity, the atmosphere from the crowd, it gave you that belief it was going to be our night.

"We'd lost only one game at The Den all this season and we'd beaten most, if not all of the top six as well. The early goal settled us down, and we felt as though Huddersfield never really had enough to beat us. My goal was the icing on the cake - the feeling, the emotion of clinching another trip to Wembley was incredible."

In the Final, Robinson pounced on a loose ball to prod home the goal that would win promotion and a first-ever Play-Off crown.

"It's every schoolboy's dream, isn't it? Scoring the winning goal at Wembley, climbing up the steps and lifting the trophy. That's what you play out in the playground and play out in your mind a million times.

"It has to be [the] number one [moment in my career], far and away. Easily. It'll probably be the thing that defines me as a Millwall player and in my career."

You can listen to our full review of the 2009/10 campaign with Paul Robinson by clicking play on the video above.


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