Ahead of tonight’s Europa League match between St Joseph’s and B36, we caught up with St Joseph’s and Gibraltar keeper Jamie Robba, who excelled in the first leg away in the Faroe Islands.
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Robba’s performance in the 1-1 draw helped ensure Saints have a solid base to work from tonight, but the keeper is clearly aware of the battle ahead: “We know we are in for a tough game. They showed us in the first leg what a physically well prepared team they were, with good attacking players but we are confident on our turf we can give a better performance and come out on top.”
This will be the first time St Joseph’s play a European game at the Victoria, and they have a great chance to write another chapter in the club’s long, 106-year history if they were to progress to the next round. Robba believes real home advantage could be key: “It will definitely be a major factor. The Victoria Stadium pitch itself is a lot bigger and a lot slower. Something they aren’t used to. Also playing under this intense heat is something we hope will fatigue them as well and its always a plus playing in front of your home crowd and people with the rock itself as a backdrop on the stadium giving you that extra bit of motivation.”
Playing for St Joseph’s and Gib means Robba regularly competes with other good keepers in order to secure the number one shirt – the keeper knows how important having said competition is: “Competition is the most important thing in any sport to raise your level. It keeps you on your toes, keeps you motivated to keep on improving and pushing. With goalkeepers your first choice is only as good as your second choice pushes him to be.”