THEO ROBINSON finally fired home his 10th Town goal to seal a vital victory at Leyton Orient and predicted: “It's onwards and upwards.”
With Lee Novak out injured, the striker made his first start since October and joined Jordan Rhodes on the scoresheet as a 2-0 win cut the gap on the League I play-off positions to two points.
The Brisbane Road triumph, Town’s first in five games and seen by 798 travelling fans in a 4,119 crowd, was a big tonic for both the team and the player, who hadn’t scored since the 6-0 home win over Wycombe on November 14.
And Robinson was quick to praise his teammates as boss Lee Clark began preparations for Saturday’s crunch home clash with third-placed Charlton Athletic.
“It’s been a long time since I last started a game, and it was great for me to play and get a goal,” said the former Watford man.
“But the main thing is that we won the match, and that was down to a top team effort.”
Robinson added: "We’ve always stuck together as a group during good spells and bad, and that will count for a lot as we approach the final games.
"We all believe we can make the play-offs, and I want to be a part of the push."
Robinson reckons his spell out of the starting side will prove a key phase in his learning curve as a professional and added: "I’d like to think I’ve matured both as a player and a person.
"It’s been frustrating at times, but the manager and (performance coach) Steve Black have been great with me, and I’ve always felt a part of things."
Of his 68th minute goal, which followed Rhodes’ first-half opener, Robinson said: "It was a great break down the right and Anthony Pilkington put in a great cross.
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"I just tried to get in front of my marker and get good contact with the ball, and it was brilliant to see it go in.
"To be fair, I’d had a few chances earlier on, and it was nice to make one of them count."