Mark on one year in the job
Friday 14 February marks one year in the job for Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins.
Robins helped Town survive in the Championship last season and has won 19 of his 51 games in charge of the Terriers.
Speaking on the anniversary of his appointment, he said: “It feels more like two and a half years and that was just during the last few weeks of last season! I am enjoying the job though; it doesn’t get any easier, but it is fun and a challenge that I am relishing.
“Hopefully the supporters are enjoying the journey with us and we are working hard to try and make it is a good as possible for everyone concerned.”
The defeat to Forest was one of the low points of Mark’s tenure and he is expecting a response at Birmingham.
“We spoke about what we have to do to get back to where we want to be,” he said. “We have put it behind us now; we still have a lot to play for this season.
“At the moment we are in a comfortable position as opposed to last season, but we want to push the boundaries. The players are more capable than they showed on Tuesday night. We beat one of the best teams in the league on Saturday in Wigan and now our next step is a psychological one, to beat a team in the top three.”
Mark continued: “We have beaten Burnley at home and that should serve as encouragement to us when we come up against a team like that.
“I didn't hand out any home truths after the Forest match; the players understand what I expect of them and the response has been good.”
James Vaughan limped off with a calf problem on Tuesday night, but Mark allayed fears that it may be a serious injury.
“We are giving him every opportunity to be fit. The news is more encouraging than was first feared and we will see how he is tomorrow.”
Robins doesn’t have any other concerns ahead of the match against a Birmingham team who hasn't won at home in the league since October 1 2013.
“Everyone else is available ahead of what is a great opportunity to pick up three points,” said Mark. “St Andrew’s is a good place to play football and there is an added spice as we will be up against a former manager. Lee Clark is a good guy and he works his socks off; I am sure his team will be fired up.
“We need to be ready to cope with that challenge and possibly one from the elements.
“Lee Novak is a good player and he has done well at Birmingham. He has been rotated lately but I imagine he is a nailed on starter for Saturday. His work rate is there for everyone to see and he was a favourite here.”
To finish, Mark gave an update on the fitness of Peter Clarke: “Peter is a part of our squad and he has to fight for his place. He hasn’t played for over 100 days and I am mindful that he needs minutes under his belt. He has trained hard and has achieved a good level of fitness and should he be needed I have no hesitation to call upon him.”
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