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26 February 2013

Mark delighted with Turf Moor showing

Mark Robins was over the moon with his side’s display as they recorded their first win under him at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

James Vaughan’s tap in proved to be the winner and Robins couldn’t hide his delight after the final whistle.

“It is a brilliant, an absolutely brilliant feeling,” said Mark.

“I think we deserved it – and could have had a few more goals. We have got a lot of work on to get playing the way that I want the team to play; but what I have got is a bunch of players who are workman like and have a never-say-die attitude.

“The players are playing for the supporters and the badge on the front of their shirts – and that is really important. The Club and the owner have worked very hard and the supporters have backed their team through various League 1 campaigns to get to this stage. It is important that we fight with everything that we have to maintain and improve upon performances.”

Town looked to be lacking attacking ideas in the first half, but came out fighting in the second half to earn the victory. 

“I want us to pass the ball, but because confidence has been a little bit low that has been difficult. We have got players capable of doing it and we just need to try and combine all the players’ playing styles into one that suits us.

“In the second half they gave me an insight into what they are capable of doing.

“They have set the standard with their work rate and the way that they have gone about their business. Every single one of them has put in a real shift, so it is important that we recover correctly ready to go again against Brighton.

“If we can continue to keep clean sheets I will be delighted because we are likely to nick one or two.”

Oscar Gobern clashed heads with Vaughan in the first half and earlier indications show that he hasn’t broken his nose.

“There was a clash of heads and Oscar won’t be picking his nose for a while,” quipped Mark.

There were man of the match performances all over the pitch and Robins paid special tribute to his defenders who worked hard to record their second successive clean sheet. 

“The defenders have been fantastic tonight – all four of them were outstanding. Alex Smithies’ save at the end to seal the points was magnificent. I am absolutely made up. The last two games should give us confidence going into Brighton and Middlesbrough.” 

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