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ROBINS FRUSTRATED AT RESULT

14 December 2013

Mark rues missed chances versus Reading

Mark Robins admitted his frustration as his side failed to convert its chances in today’s 1-0 home defeat to Reading.

He said: “I’m fuming. We played really well and there’s nothing more we could have done.

 “I don’t want us to be a nearly team. We are a good side - the progress has been great - but I’m not happy losing games 1-0, certainly at home.

“Like last week, we were on top for large amounts of the game and created chances. They (Reading) had one chance and Billy Sharp sticks it in the back of the net and we lose the game having created 26 efforts on goal.

“We can talk about stats all day, but all that matters is that it finished 0-1.”

The Terriers were on top for the first half hour, but Billy Sharp notched on 32 minutes. Town then rallied in the second half, but failed to hit the back of the net.

“There have been a lot of chances and we just haven’t taken one. That’s the most difficult part of the game. The keeper’s made one or two decent saves, but we haven’t taken the chances that we’ve created so well today.”

And Town’s frustrations were compounded in the last minute when Joel Lynch picked up a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak.

“There have been some penalty incidents which, for me, were stone-wall penalties. They didn’t go our way today.”

Lynch will now miss the trip to Brighton next Saturday, with Peter Clarke already missing through a long-term knee injury.

“Stay on your feet and you don’t get booked,” said Robins. “There are still options there, thankfully. Joel had done well in the game and you could see frustration creeping in, which is something that we have got to work on. 

“For the most part it’s a pleasing performance, but I hate that we play well and lose; I don’t want that to be a mantra.“

There were three contentious penalty decisions in the game, with Robins adamant that at least one should have been awarded to Town by referee Oliver Langford. 

“There was a pullback on Martin Paterson and a clear fist on the ball from (Chris) Gunter, who has defended with his arm across our attacker, so from my perspective, I thought we didn’t get our just deserts today. 

“We have to learn to press play; if we keep playing like we can then the ball will drop to one of our players, rather than hitting it long and hopeful.

“I’m not criticising the players at all. The determination to try and get a result was there for everyone to see and my point of view is frustration because we’ve failed to take one of the numerous chances we’ve created.”

As for Vaughan’s injury, Robins is to monitor the striker’s fitness throughout the week.

“We will have to give it a few days. James has been struggling with an ankle injury. He played with it last week and struggled towards the end of the game. I was told that it might have been a bit more serious than it was, but it was a bruise on the bone. Knowing James he will want to get back in.”

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