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Hat-trick hero Robinson earns Rovers' second League One win of season
ANDY Robinson earned Tranmere Rovers' second NPower League one victory of the season last night with a 3-0 win over Carlisle United.
The win, at Brunton Park, was the club's third since the new season opened last week.
In a statement on the club’s website, Birkenhead-born Robinson said: “Sometimes you have one of those games when everything you hit goes in and tonight was my night. It’s the first hat-trick of my career and where better to do it than for your hometown club.
“The lads were magnificent. We were disciplined and we got the goals and goals change games.”
Ronnie Moore fielded an unchanged team following the 3-1 win over Leyton Orient on the opening day of the League season, with Ben Gibson again partnering Ash Taylor in the centre of defence. After another long range effort from Noble missed Owain Fon Williams' goal on 18 minutes, Andy Robinson continued: “The lads were magnificent. We were disciplined and we got the goals and goals change games.
“From Fonners all the way through we work as a unit, we’re organised and disciplined and on top of that we’ve got people who can win games for us. A special mention for the back two tonight, I thought Gibbo and Ash were magnificent. ”
Praising the squad manager Ronnie Moore said: “It’s been a lucky ground for me, I’ve had a few results here. It was a fantastic performance.
“It’s hard to talk about individuals but Robbo was just unbelievable.
“I was screaming when he hit the third one not to hit it because it was miles out but it has flown in. He pre-seasoned really well to be fair to him. I’m pleased for him because he has earned it.
“He keeps the ball for us, he’s very professional and he’s a winner. It’s nice that he can come here and get a hat-trick. He’s the model pro for me.
“The big thing was to get the clean sheet. They’ve thrown a lot at us and we knew they would in the second half but our two centre halves have been magnificent. The keeper has done well and come and took crosses.”
Rovers are away again this Saturday, in League One action against Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow.
Rovers kicked off the current League One campaign on Saturday, beating Leyton Orient 3-1 at Prenton Park.
They began the new season last Tuesday by securing a place in the second round of the Capital One Cup, with a 2-1 victory over Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.
They face Aston Villa in the second round at Villa Park this Tuesday, August 28, at 7.45pm.
Reflectiong on the season so far, Ronnie said: “It’s a good start but it’s only a start. It breeds a little bit of confidence and we’ve got a really hard game on Saturday now.
“We’ve got to go and do it again. We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, we’ve done nothing.”