Date: 7th December 2016 at 10:25pm
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Experienced goalkeeper and former England man Paul Robinson has reflected on his recent outings in the Premier League as Tom Heaton’s replacement and admitted that the quality of the lead is far tougher in his opinion than it was last time he was a regular in the top flight.

Having now made his debut in the game against Manchester City and followed that up with the Stoke City game, with Heaton suffering an injury and losing his ever present status, Robinson was recently interviewed by the Official Site and with the City game being his first top flight match since May 2012, he believes the quality in the division is definitely higher than it was the last time he played – but he also more than believed that Burnley had the quality to avoid relegation.

‘Massively. I think the game as a whole has improved. Players are fitter, stronger, they are running further and their ability levels have gone up. I think the game as a whole from 10 years ago is a completely different game.’

He went on to add.

‘The level of football as a whole has grown due to the money and the depth management teams go to. You have dieticians and sports scientists. It`s a lifestyle now and it wasn`t 10 years ago. People are looking how to get every single little advantage from a player, and from a team, that you can possibly get to make you the very best you can.’

With his last spell in the Premier League coming as Blackburn Rovers were relegated to the Championship five seasons ago, the 37 year old was confident that Burnley would go one better this year given the quality in the group and the summer strengthening that manager Sean Dyche did.

‘I think the team spirit and the togetherness – without the talent we have in that dressing room – is enough to keep us up. There is a will to win and a desire not to get beat. The type of people we`ve got in there, there`s more than enough to stay in this league.’

I’m not yet sure if Heaton comes back into contention this weekend or not at this point, but the aim in any event will be to draw a line under our three successive defeats when we face Bournemouth at Turf Moor this weekend.

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