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ROBINS: TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY

26 September 2013

Play-Off positions beckon with a victory

Mark Robins has challenged his players to break into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship with victory over Blackpool.

The Terriers would move level on points with Watford, Reading and Nottingham Forest, but could break into the Play-Offs on goal difference.

“Our league position at the moment is fairly pleasing and we have an early chance to get into a Play-Off position, even if it is only overnight,” Mark told htafc.com

“That has to be a carrot for us; we can’t wait for things to happen, we have to go and grab them. Blackpool will make it very difficult for us and we are looking forward to taking them on.”

On the other hand, a win for Blackpool would move them into the automatic promotion places of the Sky Bet Championship and Robins isn’t surprised by the Tangerines’ impressive start.

“If you make a decent start and get a bit of momentum behind you anything can happen,” he said.

“They have done well and a lot has been made of the fact that he (Paul Ince) couldn’t bring many players in over the summer, but he bought in players who work hard. Paul has a lot of experience and he has galvanised them into a good unit. They score goals at the end of games, which shows that they are fit. 

“We will concentrate on ourselves, though, and try and be the best that we can be. I am expecting it to be a great game,” he added.

Town were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the expense of Hull during the week, but looking back Robins was pleased with some aspects of the outing.

“Some of the lads got a bit of rest during the week whereas those who needed minutes got some. We have got a group who aren’t playing catch up; we are raring to go,” he said.

“I wanted to win the game on Tuesday, but it was also an opportunity to blood some of our youngsters and also get minutes in the legs of others. Our fixtures dictated that we had to change things. The whole ethos of the Club is to give young players a pathway into the First Team; it has given the lads who played on Tuesday night the confidence that they can cope at that level. 

“There was some decent talent on show at Hull and some promising individual performances.”

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