Robinson in confident mood ahead of Halifax clash

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Saints striker Marvin Robinson is full of confidence heading into Sunday’s Blue Square North final against FC Halifax.

The former Stoke City striker, who came off the bench in Brackley’s 3-0 win against Altrincham in the semi-final, has played a key role in Jon Brady’s side throughout the season and is hopeful to start Sunday’s final.

The 33-year-old said: “Personally, I’ve got belief in myself. They’re just another team. Yes – they’re a bigger club than Brackley but I’ve got confidence that you’re not going to get many better players than ours.

“I wouldn’t swap their players for ours, they’d probably say the same thing about us. Maybe they are a bigger club than us – the pressure’s on them then.

“Of course I’ll be looking to start in the final.

“He might change the team to get a result in the final. Our squad is very evenly balanced and players that don’t play are equally as good as those who do play and that’s been our strength.

“At the beginning of the season, when we were really on form, a lot of substitutes were coming on and changing the game.”

Robinson also spoke about his disappointment at not starting against Altrincham as well as the comparisons to fellow striker, Jefferson Louis.

He added: “Of course I was disappointed not to start, I always want to play and I’m even more disappointed now because I missed a chance when I came on and at the end of the day, if I’m on the bench and come on and score I feel part of it. I don’t feel I’ve done my bit but that’s just personal.

“We’re a team and still on the way and not finished yet. We’ve still got a game and a win to go.

“We’re [Louis] actually not that similar players. We’re big target men but we have different qualities. We are in direct competition. We had two up front today so there’s two spots to occupy. They both played well today [Saturday] so they deserve to keep their place but you never know. It’s a different game, different team and who knows.”

Robinson is also keen to encourage yet more Brackley fans down to St James’ Park this weekend after 1,353 were in attendance to witness Saints’ stunning display over Altrincham, adding:“We want more here on Sunday.

“We expect more people to come and support the club, help the club build. I mean, win that game and we’re in the conference and I don’t quite think people realise historically what that means. If they don’t, they need to know that by Sunday and turn up and support the team. You look at the development in the last year, from where the club was to where it possibly could be.”

Brackley will be at home on Sunday after they finished higher than Halifax in the Blue Square North, but Robinson feels it won’t be as much of an advantage.

He added: “If I was playing at their pitch would I see it as a disadvantage? No. I mean, we’re very strong away. Obviously at home we expect to win. It might make some of the lads more confident but for me personally it makes no difference.

“I expect us to win. It’s going to be a hard, hard game and it’ll be tough and it could be very tight but I fancy us to win.”