Mark wants to see attractive football
Mark Robins is excited by Town’s challenging opening week of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship – starting on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.
The Terriers follow up Saturday’s match with a Yorkshire derby against Bradford in the Capital One Cup before welcoming relegated Queens Park Rangers next weekend.
“We couldn’t have had a harder start, I don’t think,” he said.
“There has been heavy investment at both Nottingham Forest and QPR over the summer. On paper, Forest has one of the best squads in the division. It will be a hugely challenging start for us, but an exciting one and one that the supporters have bought into.
“We want to put on a show for them.”
2,002 Terriers will fill the away end at the City Ground and watch on as Town try and implement a new style of football.
“We need to improve on last season. We are trying to change our style of football, which was one of the key things we spoke about when I first took the job. I want the team to play attractive football as much as possible, without being boring. I want the team to score goals and excite the crowd.”
Cristian Lopez’s arrival on Wednesday was Mark’s eighth of the summer and concluded a job well done in the transfer window, according to the man himself.
“A lot of work has been done over the summer to make sure that we were prepared for pre-season, where things have been full-on since.
“It has been a good pre-season and we have made some good signings, I am happy with the business that we have done. It has been a frugal and interesting summer.”
Jake Carroll has been the only defender to arrive during the summer months and Mark believes he has enough quality in defence to improve on last season’s poor goal difference.
“It was an area of concern last season and we need to be better this time around,” he said. “It is down to the players within the building to make sure that they defend properly. The defence was an area of big investment last summer.
"There are areas within the team that we would like to address, but we can’t do everything in one transfer window. I have belief in the players that if they look after themselves and work hard they will be in a position to perform consistently.
“Joel Lynch has come back fit and looks in good shape, but we have missed Anthony Gerrard during pre-season. He is only now getting back to fitness, but he has been working extremely hard. Peter Clarke had surgery over the summer and has put a lot of work in with the team and on his own to get to where he needs to be.
“We are well stocked for numbers when all the defenders are fit, but we just need to make sure that we are strong.”
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