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28 January 2014

Mark keen to move on following fruitless seaside trip

Mark Robins felt his side could have come away from Bournemouth with a point tonight. 

Town were on top after Calum Woods’ equaliser, but Tonkelo Rantie hit the Terriers on the break to earn his side the three points.

Mark said: “The result is disappointing; we need to start picking up points away from home.

“I thought we were worthy of a point tonight, not the three. We were up against a good footballing side who were on their game; we just couldn’t get a foothold.”

Town, who were without leading scorer James Vaughan, were once again guilty of wasting good openings.

“We created a few good chances, but we were bare up top at times because Nahki (Wells) was on his own. He fought on his well and did excellently in the goal to set up Calum Woods, who took it brilliantly. 

“We had other opportunities, but again we spurned them, which is becoming a bit like a broken record.”

Bournemouth went ahead through Lewis Grabban’s penalty after the Cherries had been thwarted on at least three occasions by Alex Smithies in the first half.

“I thought their penalty was slightly harsh on Tommy (Smith), but nonetheless it was naïve defending. For the second, Anthony Gerrard has unfortunately slipped and Rantie has tucked it away. 

“At that point in the game, it was probably harsh on us and I felt like it was going to run out as a draw. We need to be better away from home, starting on Saturday against Leeds. 

“We tried to pass the ball, as did Bournemouth, but they did it better than us. Their movement up front was good and it caused us one or two problems."

On Vaughan’s absence, Mark said: “I knew after the game on the weekend that he wasn’t going to be right because of his knee. He has had an injection which will hopefully settle it down, but it means that he will be out for between five and seven days.

“He will hopefully be able to train properly then and we can get him back fit and firing, which is the most important thing. 

“We have missed him for six to eight weeks and we need him back. I am hopefully that one or two of the others who missed tonight will also be back in the near future.”

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