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4 January 2014

Mark relieved after late showing at Blundell Park

Mark Robins is hoping for a home tie in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after seeing his side come from behind to defeat Grimsby Town.

The Terriers scored two late goals to turnaround a 2-1 score line at Blundell Park.

Mark said: “I will be watching the draw with interest and will be hoping for a home tie; it feels great to be in the next round.

“It was a proper FA Cup tie; it was like a throwback to when I was playing. 

“The game had all the ingredients to entice the neutral and we knew it was going to be tough. Had we scored early on with the chances we had, it probably would have been an easier afternoon. 

“The cameras were here to watch an upset and we disappointed them, which is great. It doesn’t matter how you get through, you just have to. Paul Hurst is a good friend of mine and he has a decent squad of players and we had to show plenty of character.”

Duane Holmes and Sean Scannell made impacts from the bench with Holmes involved in the equaliser and Scannell the winner. 

“It was important that we equalised early in the second-half and by bringing Duane Holmes and Sean Scannell on, I was hoping we would push on for the victory,” said Mark. “I wanted to try and open them up more, which as the game went on we did. We got on the end of things better in the second half despite playing better football in the first.”

Cristian Lopez also featured from the bench and Mark was pleased with the Spaniard’s contribution. 

“He showed what he was capable of in pre-season and we are hoping that he will kick on; I know that he has the ability. He is a fantastic lad who is working hard. I was more than happy to get him on the pitch today and he has contributed to our victory.”

Cristian came on to partner Martin Paterson in attack who showed plenty of quality to hit home the equaliser. 

“They can be easily missed,” said Mark on the goal. “It came at him quickly and the surface could have caused some players a problem. He is in decent goal scoring form at the moment and put it away well. I would have liked him to have done better with a few of the chances in the first half, but he is doing well.”

Town will be ball 29 in the Fourth Round draw on Sunday 5.

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