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17 September 2013

Mark expects better performance against Charlton

Mark Robins wants to see an improvement from his side when they host Charlton on Tuesday.

The Terriers returned from the international break with a draw against Doncaster and despite a more positive second half performance, Mark wants to see more against the Addicks.

“We need to be better than we were on Saturday," he told “We looked really good in certain instances and flat in others. Our play isn’t always going to be fluid because we have got 11 players trying to stop us. 

“I thought we passed the ball better in the first half than we did in the second, but we actually created more chances in the second. I thought our chances were fairly clear cut and on another day we could have scored three or four. We knew that they would provide a threat from set-plays and I felt we weathered the storm well. 

“We are only a little bit away from everything clicking,” he continued. “We need to continue believing and playing in the same vein. Trust is also very important; the players need to trust one another to be able to deal with the ball. Technically they are a decent bunch of footballers and they have shown this season what they are capable of.” 

Looking ahead to tomorrow night’s game, he said: “We have worked on a few things and we are looking forward to the game. Charlton are a threat; we know that from our last encounter.

“We will look on the game entirely in its own right. There will be a few things that we can take from the game in August, but it will be different on Tuesday.”

Striker Jon Stead is pushing for a start following his impressive second half display against Doncaster.

“He was on for half a game and got Man of the Match, which shows a few things. He has done really well in a short space of time and better than the ones that had 90 minutes to play well. Jon has performed really well as a substitute and he is chomping at the bit for a start; whether he gets that or not we will have to wait and see. There are one or two like Jon who are fighting for a starting place.”

Robins told that he doesn’t have any issues on the injury front; however, Jazz Richards’ international clearance situation continues to rumble on.

“It isn’t sorted yet and I don’t know when it will be. It is frustrating, but we have got a game to prepare for and players who need to be integrated into a system.

“At the moment, Jazz isn’t part of our plans for tomorrow, which is a shame. He has trained and looks sharp, quick and hungry, but we have to plan for the game.”

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