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Robinson: "It's a positive step forward"

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Paul Robinson was pleased with the fighting qualities of the Hawks this afternoon, as a 10 man Havant side draw 0-0 with in form Dover at Westleigh Park.


Chris Robertson was sent off for a second bookable offence towards the end of the first period, but the Hawks never let the setback drag them down as they kept their Kent visitors at bay to hang on to what could be a crucial point.


The draw sees the Hawks three points clear of the bottom four going into a two week break for FA Trophy matches.


And Robinson was pleased with the way Havant battled to get the point.


Robinson said: “It’s a good battling performance. To go down to ten men it’s always going to be tough, but the lads dug in and done fantastic, their work ethic and team spirit.


“It’s a brilliant point and it builds on last week’s good performance and good result at Boreham Wood. Four points from the last six gives us a positive step.”


And the Hawks defender is under no illusions as to how pivotal a point today’s could be come the end of the season against a side where the Hawks have endured bad luck against on a few occasions this season.


“Obviously (the point) it’s against someone in the mix with us. It’s an important point, especially when you go down to ten men you know you’re going to be up against it but the amount of workrate and effort from the lads was tremendous today and a real deserved point in the end.


“Could of been more, was it not for a clearance off the line, so we’ll take what we go and and the atmosphere’s very good.”


The stubbornness of the lads to ensure that the ball never went into the Dover net was evident, with Robinson acknowledging that the defence stepped up when needed.


“We were really resilient, defended well when we needed to and saw off their pressure.


“I thought the back and Jordan Rose coming on as sub done very well second half. Tyler did well, Jack James at right back did a great shift and Rory was tireless down that left hand side.


“It takes all ten of the lads out there in the second half to make up for the one man deficit and their work rate and desire, it was really pleasing to watch from the sidelines and it’s nice to get a point and it’s a really positive step forward.”


Full interview available on hawksTV YouTube on Monday with full match highlights.

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