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MARK ROBINS POST OLDHAM

2 August 2014

Manager not happy with poor concessions

Huddersfield Town Manager was pleased to see Nahki Wells net his first goal of pre-season, but disappointed with his side’s defending against Oldham Athletic.


Wells cut the deficit to just one in the second half with a well taken goal, but Jonson Clarke-Harris restored the Latics’ two goal lead as the League 1 side ran out 3-1 winners.


“It was a good work out despite the score line,” said Mark. “However, it did show that we are a little short on personnel in that formation. There is plenty of thinking and work to be done ahead of Bournemouth next week.


“We controlled the game for large parts but they have scored with their first shot, which is becoming a bad habit. It is the same personnel and we are getting the same result; they need to step up to the plate and be men. We kept possession well but weren’t good enough in the final third; thankfully we have still got next week to work on it.”


Latest recruit Radoslaw Majewski was handed his first start but struggled to influence the game.


“He did ok, but it was difficult for him because we didn’t get him on the ball enough,” Robins said. “We fell down in the final third because nobody was willing to run in behind and stretch the play whereas they did.  We looked a little pedestrian at times and our build-up play wasn’t quick enough. They got bodies behind the ball well and we struggled to break them down.”


Wells’ goal was just his second of pre-season and came after Sean Scannell and Oliver Norwood had gone close in the first half.


“It is important because he dwells on things like that; he just loves to score goals. If he isn’t contributing with goals he doesn’t feel like he is a part of the game. However, we all know that isn’t true because he runs his socks off for the team.”


To finish, Mark explained Jonathan Hogg’s absence and how he will approach Tuesday’s friendly against Newcastle United.


“Hoggy has got a little bit of illness, so we gave him a breather; he will return to training on Monday. One or two have got ailments and hopefully they will be back before Newcastle. We are looking forward to Newcastle and everyone will get a chance as I will play two teams in either half. It is important that we don’t work the players too hard ahead of Bournemouth.”


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