Manager reflects on defeat
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins spoke to htafc.com following today’s defeat to Leicester City.
“We were just ok today,” he said. “We kept the ball well at times, but never went anywhere with it. They made some changes and at times the game had a testimonial feel to it.
“They caused us problems though, and individually they have better players than us, that is why they are champions.
“The supporters were fantastic,” he added. “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was doing my lap of honour because we weren’t brilliant and we look short in certain areas, but they stayed and clapped everybody.”
Under 18s midfielder Phil Billing made his professional debut as a second half substitute for Town, whilst Duane Holmes was given a starting berth.
“It was good to get both Phil Billing and Duane Holmes involved,” said Mark. “Duane is an impact player at the moment, but he did ok for 60 minutes. Phil will have enjoyed being out there and he didn’t look out of place. It was also good to see Joe Lolley on the pitch because he looked bright.”
There was also an enterprising display from Sean Scannell: “It is difficult to get both sides of the game from Sean, but he certainly did well today,” Mark said. “He was excellent against Brighton on Good Friday and he looked lively today. He will be disappointed with the amount of minutes that he has played this season, but when he has been on the pitch his return hasn’t been good enough. Today was better though, and he was one of the brighter spots of our attacking play.”
Looking ahead to next season, Mark said: “The Championship is a tough league, but we aren’t stupid and we know that we have to compete better. It is a starting point though, and we will now look to enhance. We will spend the summer recruiting wisely.
“We don’t want players to leave, but to recruit for next season we have to make spaces in the squad. We will always be a work in progress and the supporters can feel happy that their Club is in safe hands.”