Mark previews Tuesday’s Cup clash with Charlton
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins says the players will keep working hard to try and maintain their winning momentum ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup Second Round tie at home to Charlton Athletic.
Robins has overseen impressive back to back Championship wins over Millwall and AFC Bournemouth, but insisted the hard work continues as the Terriers look to press on.
“We’ve got another two games before the international break and we want to go into that on a high note,” Mark told htafc.com.
“The players came in on Sunday and Monday and we’re assessing their condition. The work the players are putting in at the moment is phenomenal.
“My sole focus is on trying to win the next game, which is Charlton on Tuesday night. Winning breeds confidence and we want to take the performance we put in on Saturday into this game.
“The exciting thing is that, as well as they performed on Saturday, there is more improvement to come from these players. We are functioning well at the moment though.
“The players need to enjoy their football in order to do well and I think it’s clear they are at the moment. To succeed in any job in any walk of life you need to enjoy what you do and we’re very fortunate to be involved in professional football for a living, but the players still need to enjoy the style of play.”
Mark was adamant that complacency will not become an issue in the squad after their good start to the season.
“We’re starting to look like a decent side and that is because of the hard work that the players put in every day during training. That hard work is being transferred onto the pitch.
“We must keep working just as hard. Sport has real ups and downs and football in particular has genuine twists and turns every week. The Championship is a very unforgiving division and we can’t take our foot off the gas. If we do, we will get punished.
“I don’t think that will happen though, as we have a very good group at the Club. The players know that the performance and win over Bournemouth on Saturday was only one game and we can’t get carried away; they don’t need me to tell them that.”
Mark explained that he is well aware of the threat carried by Tuesday’s opponents Charlton, who finished ninth in their first season back in the second tier last season.
“Charlton’s game was postponed on Saturday and they’ll be looking to get it out of their system quickly. Chris Powell has done very well at the Club and they have good players.
“We were actually in Marbella together in pre-season – they were on the adjacent pitch to us. We saw them working just as hard in training and we know we’re in for a tough game on Tuesday night.
“We want to progress in the Capital One Cup, but we also want to ensure that those fans that come are entertained by our performance.”
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