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Final win would hit the spot for Raith goalkeeper

Lee Robinson stood in the face of a battery of questions yesterday ahead of the Ramsdens Cup final, with more than a few of them seeming to pass him by.

The goalkeeper might have been more comfortable had each enquiry been delivered from 12 yards given how well he coped with penalties the last time he reached this stage of the competition.

The Englishman is a member of the Raith Rovers team which will take on Rangers at Easter Road on Sunday. It is a fixture which will come to consume the attention of the Fife side but Robinson had cause yesterday to look back to last season's final and his role in a shoot-out victory for Queen of the South.

The Dumfries side met Partick Thistle in a dramatic finale, with Robinson saving two penalties and scoring another to secure the cup. It is pertinent too that he had triumphed in a shootout against Rangers in the quarter-finals.

"Last year was a brilliant experience and it couldn't have worked out better for us," said the 27-year-old. "I saved one penalty in the 90 minutes [during the final] and another two in the shootout as well as scoring one. I'm not calling myself the penalty king or anything like that, I just want to play my part for Raith Rovers.

"It's going to be a massive occasion for the club and we're going to enjoy the build-up to the final and the game itself."

It is might be easier to talk about enjoying the final than to actually do so and Jason Thomson is aware of the importance of subduing Rangers' Lee Wallace, a former team-mate at Hearts. "I reckon if we can stop him, we'll have half a chance," said the Raith captain. "You always knew Lee was going to do well - he is fit and strong and has a great left-foot. He has a lot of things going for him."

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