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19 April 2013

Mark confident ahead of ‘three game season’

Mark Robins believes his players are capable of maintaining the Club’s Championship status ahead of a “three game season” which starts against Millwall on Saturday.

Town are in the bottom three on goal difference and a win against Millwall will move the Terriers to within a point of the Lions.  

“We need calm heads,” said Mark. “We need players who are going to give their all for the shirt and maintain their focus. We have got a three game season; everyone cares, we want to maintain our status. There will be a few more twist and turns.

“We will determine whether it goes to the last game,” he continued. “The Millwall game is a very tough one; they have got a pretty big squad and come into the game off the back of an FA Semi-Final appearance. Kenny (Jackett) is a canny manager whose side is constantly picking up results, like they did on Tuesday night.

“We will have home backing for two of the remaining games and it is important that the fans stay with the players. We have to come out on top, it doesn’t matter how. The players know their jobs and they need to go and carry them out.”

Town’s future in the npower Championship hangs in the balance, but all three of their remaining games are against teams in and around then.

“We are planning for Championship football first and foremost next season, but obviously there is a plan in place if we are relegated,” said Mark. We have missed chances to put distance between ourselves and the relegation zone over the last couple of months. The Charlton game was a huge opportunity for us – and one that we missed. That has been the story of the season; we haven’t done too badly since I became manager, but we have failed to put back to back results together. The Peterborough and the Wolves games were the only times when we looked like putting six points together, but ultimately it wasn’t to be.

“The players have got an opportunity over the next two weeks to write their names into the history books and keep this Club in the division. 

“The effort that the Club put in to get promoted has got to be everyone’s mind; we have got to fight and maintain our status. We have got the ability to win games; we have proven that at Burnley, Leeds and Wolves. We are capable.”

Right-back Jack Hunt could make a timely return to the fold on Saturday, but the news still isn’t great regarding Danny Ward.

“Jack has done some more training over the past couple of days and should come in to contention. Danny is as you were; he is still maybe another ten days away, which rules him out for much of the season. I am hopeful that we can get him back.

“I don’t think Keith (Southern) has 90 minutes in him, but he has worked extremely hard to get back fit and he will definitely be in contention for the weekend. Everyone is ready to go again on Saturday.”

Town fans - please be aware that Arriva Buses have put a diversion in place on certain routes into Huddersfield between 11am and 3pm on Saturday - click HERE for full info

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