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14 September 2013

Mark happy with clean sheet and point

Mark Robins felt his side were good value for a point against Doncaster, but bemoaned missed opportunities which could have won them the game.

James Vaughan, Jonathan Hogg and Joel Lynch all went close in the second 45 as Town upped their intensity following a poor first half.

“For the neutral I think it was a decent game, even though there weren’t any goals scored,” said Mark.

“We weren’t as fluid as we have been and it was a typical derby performance from both sides. They were better in the first half and we were a lot better in the second. We are disappointed that we haven’t finished one of our chances because they were gilt edged, we just lacked a bit of composure. 

“We were good value for a point and I think on the balance of play, a point was a fair result. I am happy with the point and the clean sheet.

“They out passed us today and I think the statistics will prove that, which is disappointing,” he continued. “We set out to be better than we were today, but we have got another game coming up quickly to try and improve.”

Jon Stead and Sean Scannell helped improve Town in the second half and Robins liked what he saw from the home grown striker. 

“Jon Stead improved us when he came on,” said Mark. “The midweek games and the travelling took its toll on Martin (Paterson) and Oliver (Norwood) and in hindsight we probably shouldn’t have started them. Jon has been chomping at the bit to get into the action and I thought he was good today. He lifted the fans and he didn’t let them down.”

Town were unable to select new signing Jazz Richards for the match – and Mark finished by explaining the situation. 

“I was assuming that he would be available to play. It was in the hands of FIFA to sort the clearance out and it is disappointing that it hasn’t gone through. Hopefully it will come before Tuesday, but who knows.

“It isn’t good enough, we are paying his wages and we want him in our side, but we haven’t got the paperwork.”

Town are next in action on Tuesday night against Charlton; tickets cost £10 for adults and seniors and £5 concessions in all areas! 

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