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Point Pleases Joel

Goalkeeper Joel Robles felt it was a point gained rather than two points dropped after Everton stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to eight matches with a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough at the Riverside. After hitting Bournemouth for six last weekend, the Blues were denied another three points in the North East by Boro keeper Victor Valdes, who pulled off crucial saves to thwart Romelu Lukaku and Ademola Lookman twice. But Robles, who produced a breathtaking fingertip save of his own late on to deny Rudy Gestede, said a draw was a good result against a Boro side that is fighting for Premier League survival. The Blues’ stopper said: “I think it was a good point. Boro are a difficult team and they were playing at home so it was good to keep a clean sheet. “It’s important for the team (to keep clean sheets) and I thought we defended very well. “We had a lot of possession in the first half and two or three chances, which Victor saved. “In the second half it was the same. But I think overall it’s a great point for the team.”Robles paid tribute to his opposite number, Valdes, who ultimately stood between the Blues and another away victory. “For me, Victor Valdes is the best keeper in the Premier League and he made some crucial saves today so I’m happy for him.” Reflecting on his own save to deny Gestede, Robles said: “That’s my job. I’m a goalkeeper and I need to make saves. It was an important save and it helped us get a great point.” The Blues now head to Dubai for a warm weather training camp, before returning to face Sunderland at Goodison, when they will look to extend their unbeaten league run to nine matches. “We need to keep going,” added Robles. “We have a break now and then we need to be ready for the next game at home to Sunderland. “We are ready for the next game and that is it. “The most important thing is the present, not the future.”

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