THE boot is on the other foot for Huddersfield Town's Anton Robinson this season – and he’s enjoying every minute of the build-up to Wembley.
Born and bred just two miles away from the national stadium in Brent, the 26-year-old midfielder now has the chance to realise an ambition by playing there in the League I play-off final showdown with Sheffield United a week today.
He knows he’ll have to work hard to be involved, but is hoping he impressed manager Simon Grayson when coming on in place of Tommy Miller for the closing stages of Tuesday’s semi-final second leg, when despite losing 2-1, Town completed a 3-2 aggregate victory over MK Dons.
“The gaffer just told me to get into the thick of it and try to stop the likes of Stephen Gleeson and Luke Chadwick from setting up attacks,” explained the close-season signing from Bournemouth.
“It was all pretty frantic, but I was pleased with what I did and it was a brilliant feeling to know we had reached the final.”
Robinson tasted semi-final defeat on the same turf the season before, when he missed from the spot as Bournemouth went down on penalties after a memorable 3-3 extra-time stalemate with Town.
“That was hard to take,” said the former Millwall junior, who was with the Lions when they went down 3-0 to Manchester United in the 2004 FA Cup final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium but didn’t feature in the matchday squad.