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Robinson glad of Wembley preview

Robinson glad of Wembley preview (©PAphotos)
Robinson glad of Wembley preview (©PAphotos).

Owen Coyle gave his Bolton players a glimpse of Wembley this week - and Paul Robinson says that tactic could prove to be a masterstroke by the manager.

Robinson feels the team will now be relaxed and ready to go on Sunday when they walk out to face Stoke in the FA Cup semi-final at the national stadium.

The 32-year-old said after a visit to the stadium this week: "You can see the manager's point of view in taking us to Wembley. There are a lot of young players in our team who are not used to the surroundings and what it is like. It was a great opportunity for them to go with their cameras and take their pictures as well as see a fantastic stadium and take it all in."

Robinson has fallen twice at the semi-final hurdle of the competition, first with Watford in 2003 when they lost to Southampton.

Then in 2008 he was part of the West Brom side that were beaten by eventual winners Portsmouth.

Robinson said: "I hope the phrase third time lucky rings true with me. The FA Cup is very special. It is the best cup in the world and one you want to win. Unfortunately for me it has ended twice at the semi-final stage, so I will be doing my best to push us further."

Robinson hopes the excitement of the Stoke showdown is not too much for his wife Caroline.

She is due to give birth to their fourth child in five weeks at the end of May.

Robinson said: "My best hope given my wife's situation is we don't go into extra time and penalties!

"Luckily for me she will have family are all around her, so she will be in good hands. Fingers crossed the baby won't come early."

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