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25 February 2013

First Team Coach looking to build on Ipswich clean sheet

Town First Team Coach Steve Taylor believes that the Terriers can build on the clean sheet earned against Ipswich ahead of their visit to Burnley.

Town head to Turf Moor on the back of a stalemate against relegation rivals Ipswich Town and will be hoping to record their first win under Mark Robins tomorrow night.

“The clean sheet is a good foundation to build on going in to tomorrow’s game,” Steve told “We have got goals in our team, so if we can keep maintaining our solid defensive performance from the weekend then we will start winning games.”

Tuesday night’s game is Town’s fourth in ten days, which has made working with the players on the training ground tough for Taylor and Robins. 

“It has been difficult; we haven’t had the time on the training ground that we would have liked,” said Steve. “We had a quick turnaround at the start, but over the last couple of days we have been able to work on shape with the lads, which has been good. They have responded in training and I think the clean sheet on Saturday was evidence of that. We would have liked to have won the game – and we should have done with the chances that we created.

“Things are starting to show on the pitch that we are working on in training, which we hope continues.” 

On tomorrow’s trip to Turf Moor, he said: “Burnley won’t launch the ball like Ipswich did on Saturday. They try and pass the ball. I worked with Kieran Trippier at Barnsley and he is a good little footballer – he will try and pass his way through.  He has got great delivery as well so we will have to watch out for him. It is going to be a very tough game, but hopefully we can bring something back to Huddersfield with us.”

Theo Robinson almost made an instant impression on his return to the Club, but Taylor remained coy over his chances of being named in the starting line-up.

“Theo will be in the squad, I wouldn’t like to say if he will start,” he said. “He has had a couple of days with the squad and has looked sharp in training.”

Robins lined Town up in an untested formation on Saturday and Taylor believes that it could give the Terriers more options in attack, going forward.

“We feel that with the 4-2-3-1 formation it gives the attacking midfielders freedom to break lines and get in behind the oppositions defence. The wide men are important for the system to work and I think they have to be able to beat a man and get at the fullback. We tried to pass the ball on Saturday, but we would like our passing to be a little bit quicker. Instead of taking two or three touches can we do the pass first time to make our attacks a little sharper.” 

One player who could fit into the 4-2-3-1 formation is Danny Ward and Taylor provided an update on the winger's injury: “Danny is still on the road to recovery and I am not sure how long it will be until he is back match fit. He is one that could offer us something a little bit different as is Jermaine Beckford who is still out. When those two return, along with Keith Southern, I think it will give the team a completely different look.”

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