Manager pleased despite late concession
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins was pleased with the determination of his players as they earned a point against Play-Off chasing Brighton.
Oliver Norwood gave the Terriers the perfect start and at times Brighton’s stopper Tomasz Kuszczak kept his team in the game, but right-back Bruno stole in at the far post to deny Town of three points.
“It feels like a good point, but it is a cruel one at the same time,” Mark said. “It was the longest 90 minutes that I have ever had to watch so I feel for the supporters, but I won’t be making any apologies this time because we needed to get something from the game.
“I think we would have been good value for a win, but we have switched off at the death and not defended correctly. They had a lot of the ball though, and have got some quality players.”
Town were missing key players through injuries and suspensions, but worked hard to deny a quality Brighton outfit.
“We were looking at the flanks to drive us forward and I felt that Nahki (Wells) worked his socks off for us again. We had some good performances and they have all worked hard for the cause. We need to recovery correctly now and make sure our energy levels are up for Monday.
“It was a gritty display and the lads stuck about their tasks. That has been one of our problems of late and it was good to see today.
“We are down to bare bones at the moment and I couldn’t have asked much more of them,” he continued. “Danny Ward picked up a hamstring injury in training yesterday and it is yet to be seen if he will be right for Monday. Everybody contributed though, and on another day we could have won. Their ‘keeper has kept them in the game in the second half.”
Norwood’s drive earned him his sixth goal of the season and he could have had his seventh had Kuszczak not been in fine form.
“He will be happy with the strike,” said Robins. “When he hits the ball like that there aren’t many better. Kuszczak has pulled off a great save to keep out his second free-kick. We were grateful to see the first goal go in, but we were worthy of the lead. We had periods of possession, pushed them high up the field and showed resilience when we had to. I will take the point and look ahead to Monday.”
Looking ahead to Yeovil, Robins said: “We need to put in a performance as spirited as the one today and that should give us a good chance of picking up the three points. Our mind-set has to be right and we need to show the same steeliness as we did today.”
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