New manager left with food for thought
Mark Robins saw positives from his side’s performance against Wigan in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, but admitted that plenty of improvement was needed.
“I thought it was tough,” Robins said on the game. “You know with whatever side you put out that they’re going to stretch you and pass the ball and find spare men. If we can’t get into the right areas to stop them from playing and stop them from finding the spare men then you’re going to come a cropper.
“In all fairness, in the first half we really struggled to cope with their movement. In the second half, we were better than the score line suggests, but we were still sloppy in some areas. We managed to get a goal and created a few more chances, but there wasn’t enough of it. We need to be better with and without the ball. There were some good things, some decent passages of play, some decent movement and we got into the right places on a number of occasions.
“Having said that, they’re a really good side and will cause troubles at no matter what level you play at,” he continued. “There’s a lot of work to do because we want to excite our supporters. In many ways it was a free exercise ahead of the game with Forest on Tuesday. One or two players put in some good performances; I thought Calum Woods did well.”
Lee Novak gave the Terriers hope with his header to make the score 3-1, but it wasn’t enough to worry Wigan.
“We are all in it together,” said Robins. “I saw some good things today, but there are things tactically that we need to look at going forward. Some players didn’t perform as well as they can do and we have some players waiting on the side line, who are chomping at the bit. I am looking for quality from them, but I am also looking for consistency.”
Robins finished by thanking the Town fans for the reception he received at the start of the match.
“The fans were brilliant today; they were ready to get behind the lads at every opportunity. We managed to get them a goal in the second half and they were behind the team 100%. Hopefully we can turn that kind of score line around in the future and give them something to shout about.”