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ROBINS ON A FINE AWAY WIN

15 February 2014

Mark delighted with St Andrew’s display

Mark Robins felt his side produced a fine away performance to defeat Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

Adam Clayton and Oliver Norwood scored the goals as Town returned to winning ways on the road.

Olly Lee scored a late consolation for the home side, but the Terriers deserved the three points, which moved them back up to 13th in the Championship.

Speaking to htafc.com, Mark said: “We were excellent today and controlled the game in difficult conditions.

“We passed it well and since the Nottingham Forest game the lads have been magnificent. We could have won the game a little easier and it was disappointing to concede, but the win was the all important thing.

“From Alex Smithies to Nahki Wells there were some excellent performances. Danny Ward linked the play superbly and the midfielders did well to control the game and keep them down to just a few chances.”

On his side’s improvements from the Forest defeat, Robins said: “We passed the ball a lot better and showed what we are capable. The players have trained very well since Tuesday night and that gave me an indication of what type of performance to expect. It was a fine away display.

“Sometimes they (the players) don’t get it right and make mistakes, but they are brave enough to come out and try again. St Andrew’s is a tough place to play football; although they haven’t won too many at home lately, Birmingham always give you a good game.”

Robins was forced into a change at half-time with Peter Clarke making his return in defence for the injured Joel Lynch.

“I am not sure how severe Joel’s injury is,” said Mark. “He signalled he wanted to come off before the interval and felt at half-time that he wasn’t fit for the second 45. Peter (Clarke) came in and did a great job and not just defensively, but he also showed plenty of composure on the ball. It is great to have him available.”

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