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30 November 2013

Mark delighted with victory

Mark Robins spoke of his delight after seeing his side beat high-flyers Burnley 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Town are now up to 12th in the table after back-to-back wins, and Robins reckons it was the best performance he has witnessed since taking charge last February.

He said: “I think we were brilliant, we really were. We were absolutely outstanding, I wouldn’t have been embarrassed if we had come away two or three goals up, I thought we were that good.

“I hope there’s no gloss taken off the win with the comments that come about penalties and things like that. I think we’ve got the rub of the green with that decision, but make no mistake about it we deserved the three points.”

Town were the better team heading into the break, but the game remained goalless until second-half strikes in quick succession from Burnley-born Oliver Norwood and a penalty from James Vaughan put the Terriers two goals to the good. 

“In the second half, like the top teams do, they came at us and there are some good players there. In Sam Vokes and Danny Ings they’ve got two lively strikers who only need a sniff. 

“We were facing the top team in the division and we went toe to toe with them. It’s difficult to do that, and we are getting better. It’s about belief and the players will get that with this result.”

Town looked comfortable with ten minutes to go, until Ings went clean through and put Burnley back into the game. 

“We’ve contributed to a nervy last ten minutes because we’ve not dealt with that, ball but I think that comes from wanting to play out from the back. I think we stuck to the task against a really tough side.

“I don’t think it’s just my team it’s just basic psychology in wanting to protect something. I would love us to be on the front foot, and hopefully that will come. The other side is that we want to continue in the same vein and we want to maintain good results.” 

Town head to Bolton on Tuesday night looking for a third consecutive victory, and Robins hopes the upturn in form will encourage fans to come down and support the side.

“Going to Bolton at the Reebok is another great place for us to go. Can we make it three wins on the bounce? We haven’t done that for a very long time.

“There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get people through the turnstiles. That performance today won’t do that any harm.”

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