Shorey praise for Pompey warrior

Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler

Nicky Shorey has praised the Pompey impact of ‘warrior’ Paul Robinson.

And the veteran full-back is banking on the Blues retaining the loanee from Millwall until the end of the season.

Robinson netted his maiden goal for Andy Awford’s side when he slotted home the equaliser against Mansfield on Saturday.

It ended a run of two years, six months and 24 days since he last scored – for the Lions – during a 3-2 home to defeat to Southampton.

However, it is the 32-year-old’s fine defending which has caught the eye during an impressive start to his Fratton Park career.

The centre-half has established himself as Awford’s leading defender, making 14 appearances to date.

And Shorey is eager to see Robinson hang around beyond his January loan expiry date.

‘I’ve known Robbo for years. I know what he’s all about and he is the type of player you want on your side,’ said Shorey.

‘He performs through thick and thin and he has shown that since he has been here.

‘Hopefully, he can show that a lot more – and for the rest of the season.

‘Robbo knows the game inside out, he has been playing it for a number of years, he’s a warrior, a leader and a very good footballer.

‘Put them all together and you have a great lad, somebody really good to have around the changing room to get the lads going, especially the young ones.

‘Robbo looks after himself very well and it is a pleasure to play alongside him.

‘It was great to see him score on Saturday against Mansfield. He gets the odd goal from set-pieces but I don’t know about his feet – that may have been his first one with his feet!

‘Hopefully, we can get it sorted to keep him. His loan is until January at the minute and fingers crossed he can be here beyond that.’

Robinson has netted 23 times in 362 appearance for Millwall since making his debut in November 2002.

His long service earned a testimonial against Rayo Vallecano in July 2013, although his contract with the Championship club ends next summer.

In the meantime, the former Lions captain has helped strengthen Awford’s defence since his arrival on the eve on the season.

While Pompey struggle to score at present, at the other end of the pitch they are reassuringly solid, with Joe Devera also impressing on a regular basis.

In the 1-1 draw against Mansfield, Robinson had to help out his goal-shy team-mates.

But Shorey refuses to be concerned.

He added: ‘Scoring is not just about the strikers, it’s a team effort. We need to do it as a team – and I am sure we will.

‘We haven’t lost games recently, they have been draws. I think we do need to keep believing in what we are doing more than anything.’