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3 December 2013

Mark looks ahead to Reebok trip

Mark Robins will come up against two men who helped the Terriers survive in the Championship last term when his side visits Bolton on Tuesday night.

Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford produced some excellent displays and scored crucial goals to keep Town’s head above water last season.

And after a slow start with Bolton this term, the pair has started to hit their straps.  

“The start they (Bolton) made surprised me because they have a very good management team and made some good signings in the summer,” said Mark.  

“They finished last season very well and only just missed out on a Play-Off place. We went there last season and did very well on the night, only losing to a stupid goal. We have moved on since then and will be a different proposition.”

Beckford netted nine times and Danns twice last term for Town and both are held in high esteem by Mark.

He said: “Neil Danns was a big influence and was suffering with a toe injury towards the end of his loan. I wanted him in the side as much as possible, but he was struggling and missed those last games when it was really edgy. 

“I really liked Jermaine; he was a really good character. He is an unbelievable technician in front of goal; he has Premier League quality. On his day he can be outstanding and I just hope they both have off days on Tuesday.”

Town are attempting to make it three wins on the bounce at the Reebok following back to back 2-1 victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley.

“Our performances lately and the way that we have played have been good, as has the application of the players,” Mark said.

“We had come close to beating teams within the top six and it was nice to finally do that on the weekend. The players are doing the things that this Club is all about.”

While Mark has been delighted with the attacking intent of his team lately, he also paid tribute to his defensive unit.

“The youngsters are doing really well at the moment; I am delighted by Tommy Smith’s form. He has taken to First Team football like a duck to water; I don’t see any reason as to why his performances should dip. Alongside that, Gerrard (Anthony), Lynch (Joel) and Alex (Smithies) have done really well and helped Tommy through. Alex made a couple of superb saves on Saturday; his concentration levels are fantastic.

“Paul Dixon is doing well on the left; his performance levels have gone up. He is enjoying his football and we are getting the benefit. He is getting in good positions and taking people on although I still think there is more to come from Paul and we will continue to push him.”

Mark finished by adding that his side has a clean bill of health following the weekend victory.

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