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13 September 2013

Mark wants to see lessons learned following Barnsley defeat

Mark Robins expects his side to take heed of the lessons they learned last time out against Barnsley when they clash with Doncaster on Saturday.

The Terriers’ unbeaten run was ended at Oakwell and Mark expects a far better performance this Saturday.

“We should have probably got something out of the Barnsley game, but we didn’t and that has to be a lesson learned,” he said. 

“We need to take those lessons into Saturday’s game against a very capable Doncaster team who came up as champions last season. We are under no illusions that it will be a very tough game. We will need to be at our best to get the right result and right performance; I want to see a reaction.

“It remains to be seen what Doncaster will offer, we don’t know what team Paul (Dickov) will pick,” he continued. “Theo (Robinson) I imagine will play up top with Chris (Brown) and they have got a few players that could play on the flanks. Harry Forrester is fit again and they have James Coppinger and David Cotterill who have been playing there recently. From our perspective it is always about what we can do and we will do our final preparations on Friday morning.”

Like all the teams in the Championship, Town has had two weeks to prepare for Saturday’s match and Mark is ready and raring to go again.

“I am just looking forward to getting back into the action, it didn’t matter who it was against. The fact that it is against one of our local rivals does add something a little bit extra.

“We kept busy during the break,” he added. “We have done some bench-marking to make sure that we are moving forward – and we are. The players have enjoyed a bit of rest, which was important after a tough opening month. For the rest of the time they have been working towards Saturday’s match. 

“You never rest as a manager and you are always trying to improve. The games that we have got come thick and fast over the next month and we used the time to prepare for them.”

Town could also line-up with a new face in its starting line-up following the arrival of Swansea full back Jazz Richards this week.

“Jazz is a young, hungry player who is trying to make his way in the game,” Mark told “He has played 35 times for Swansea and was out on loan at Crystal Palace last season. He has come through Swansea’s ranks and has adopted the style of football that they have played over the last couple of seasons. He is hungry to get a chance and we can certainly offer him that opportunity. He is excited by the prospect, as am I, and I am looking forward to working with him.

“He has only been around for one or two days, but he is ready because he is hungry. We are all hungry, though, because it has been a long time since our last game. We are looking forward to the two home games.”

On the loan window, Mark said: “There won’t be any players coming in. A player could possible go out on loan to get some game time, but it is a situation that changes minute by minute. We haven’t received any enquiries.”


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