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ROBINS: WE WERE TOO RETICENT

2 November 2013

Mark disappointed with gifted goals

Mark Robins told htafc.com that his side didn’t deserve a point after gifting Wigan two goals.

Leon Barnett and Nick Powell took advantage of two mistakes to send Town to defeat at the DW Stadium.

“We gifted them two goals, which is the major disappointment,” said Mark. “We should have got something from the game and we have to learn not to give cheap chances away. Players like Nick Powell will take advantage of any opportunity.

“In the end we probably didn’t deserve to get the point because of our sloppiness. We need to choose better options because at the moment they are costing us. We can be fairly pleased with our afternoon’s work, but still very disappointed.

“At times I thought we were good, though,” he added. “To come to a place like this, enjoy good possession and create chances is excellent, although at times we were a little bit reticent to go forward. I would have liked to see us attack Wigan more, but we are a working progress.

“When we believed in ourselves we put Wigan on the back foot, but we didn’t do that enough.”

Oliver Norwood scored on his return to the side to send Town in at the interval level. 

“Oliver can do things like that when he gets in those advanced positions. We want to get him in areas where he can hurt the opposition, because he is more than capable.”

Mark Robins also handed Daniel Carr his first taste of professional football.

“You can see that there is plenty of potential with Danny; today was his first taste of the league against very difficult opposition,” said Mark. “He is capable, though, although he can be a little bit naïve. He just needs a bit of luck because he can finish given the opportunity.”

Jonathan Hogg was forced off through injury in the first half and Mark was unsure as to how serious the problem was.

“Hoggy took a kick and I am hoping that is as serious as it gets. It looked a nasty one and it will be painful, hopefully it is nothing serious though.” 

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