By Paul Robinson

28th Jan, 2020 | 2:40pm

'It's rare' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to unexpected Newcastle player confession

Paul Robinson has praised Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin for his honesty after the Magpies’ disappointing 0-0 draw with Oxford United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one suggested that it was rare to hear a player give such a candid appraisal of an underwhelming display.

The Frenchman took to Twitter after the FA Cup tie to admit that it was his worst display in a black and white shirt so far, while vowing to work even harder in his next match.

 

The Frenchman has been in and out of the side this season as a result of injury, although he has quickly established himself as a favourite of the Toon Army with his mercurial displays.

Having turned to social media to chastise his own performance against the League One outfit, Robinson said it made a change from the usual comments made by players.

“Full marks to the player in all honesty, because it’s rare,” he told Football Insider.

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“You hear footballers doing interviews and they go through the same set routine, all going into footballer mode in front of the camera.

“For players to be honest and to tell you what they’re really thinking, it’s a refreshing change. “

Saint-Maximin was making his return to the side after being rested for the dramatic midweek draw with Everton in the Premier League, but struggled to make an impact against the League One side.

The Toon Army limped to a bore draw against their lower league visitors, and now face a replay against the third tier club on Tuesday February 4th.

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