Robins frustrated after New Year’s Day defeat
Mark Robins praised striker Martin Paterson after he scored a brace in Town’s 3-2 defeat to Burnley.
The striker scored to equalise at 1-1 before netting late on to close the deficit. It wasn’t enough for Town though, who started the New Year with a defeat.
“We didn’t get anywhere near the levels that we have done lately and had we done, we would have won,” Mark said.
“It has to be a lesson learned. The adventure was there in last ten minutes when we were 3-1 down, but that isn’t what I am looking for. We didn’t pass the ball well enough and we didn’t deal with their main threats: Sam Vokes, Danny Ings and Kieran Tripper.
“I was pleased with Martin Paterson though. He got on the score sheet again and is racking them up at the moment. That is a positive that we can take.”
Tommy Smith bundled wide at the far post in the closing moments as Town almost earned a point.
“Had we moved the ball better in the latter stages of the game we could have nicked a draw; we also had a golden opportunity at the far post in the final minute,” he said. “There is work to do. Having to change our defence isn’t ideal; I would like to have a settled backline if possible. There are some young lads in there at the moment and it was a difficult game for them. The experience should do them good.
“We need to have the belief to do what we do at home, when we play away. We are learning though, and we need to take the experience of today into our next away games.”
James Vaughan could be nearing a return after having a scan on the recent impact injury to his knee.
Mark said: “He had a scan yesterday and there was better news than what was expected. I am hoping that he will only be another week out, two at a maximum. We need to make sure that he is right when he comes back.”
Looking ahead to his selection for the FA Cup clash with Grimsby on Saturday, he said: “I won’t be doing anything daft and I will be picking a team who can win the game. They will come at us and they are playing well. We need to be better with the ball – and we will be. It is a good game for us to have after today’s defeat.”