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20 April 2013

Mark on Millwall win

Mark Robins has praised Town following a brilliant 3-0 victory against Millwall at the Stadium on Saturday.

Jermaine Beckford scored twice and James Vaughan added his tenth of the season to move the Terriers out of the npower Championship relegation zone.

Robins believes the performance was worthy of the win, but the game could have been over much earlier on.

“We had some terrific attacking impetus, but just failed to score a few of the chances that we had early on,” Robins said. 

“It’s attitude, aptitude and the willingness to perform like that every match. We could have won by more goals, but the performance was very pleasing.

“Once we got the goal, it settled us down and all of the finishes were excellent. Millwall were there for the taking today and we did exactly what we needed to do.

“Collectively we’ve not been able to put performances like that together often enough to get us away from trouble.”

Town has two games left to secure survival in the npower Championship and avoid following next week’s opponents Bristol City into League 1.

“I would take two more performances like that, and I would certainly take two more results like that,” Robins said.

“We can’t take anything for granted. They went to Hull and got a point, but we need to be on our game and want it more than them on the day.

“If we do things right, it’s a balance between recovery and training now, they are in good spirits and a good frame of mind and it puts a lot of pressure on the teams that are playing later today. 

“I’ve always said we’ve got enough in our lockers to stay up, but we’ve still got two important games to go to make sure that happens. 

“We’ve got to be ready for those and put performances in that are going to be good enough to ensure our league status for the next season.”

An error by Millwall defender Danny Shittu under the pressure of Beckford led to the first goal – a brilliant chip from a tight angle by the on-loan Leicester City striker.

“Jermaine is frustrating at times because I know he’s got so much to offer. Sometimes he doesn’t do himself justice, but today and last weekend he has done that,” Robins said.

“The Jermaine Beckford that plays like that and scores like he did today has Premier League quality. You can’t coach that goal today - it’s all down to lots of practice and instinct. 

“The runs and passing that James [Vaughan] provided today. Goal scorers are not easy to come by, but we’ve got guys in the team with the ability to score plenty.”

Robins also paid credit to the impressive support offered by Town fans at the Stadium. 

“The crowd were magnificent today and there were no signs of anxiety from the terraces,” he said.

“We were in control of the match for the entire time and they were brilliant. It’s really important that they stick with the team. 

“We’ve got one more home match here against Barnsley. Can we fill the Stadium? Can we really get it rocking and behind the lads to get us over the line.

 “It could all be over by then if we go to Bristol and get the win and results go our way, but we could need a result on the final game of the season. 

“We will look at the other results this evening, but thankfully we’ve got the three points in the bag. There’s nothing we can do to change results from the other teams though.”

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