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31 January 2014

Manager sets focus on Leeds United

Mark Robins’ focus is set firmly on Leeds United after confirming that Huddersfield Town won’t be adding to their squad on deadline day.

Town has signed four players this window and the only business that could happen will be outgoing.

Mark said: “I can categorically say that we won’t be making any signings before the end of the window. There may be one or two out, though.

“We fielded some interest in Adam Clayton which was unwelcome – and thankfully that went away. Jon Stead had some interest and again that went away. 

“Teams’ objectives change in January and players are bought to boost promotion pushers and to try and steer teams away from relegation. We did our business early and I am happy with what we did. We want to step on now and start picking points up away from home.”

Both teams head into tomorrow’s West Yorkshire Derby in poor form, with Town winless in three and Leeds eight.

“Leeds is a massive club and they are a very capable side,” said Mark. “I feel for Brian (McDermott) at the moment because of the things that are happening at the Club.  There isn’t a set of supporters in the land that deserves to go through instability; I have experienced it as a manager and I hope that it ends for Brian. 

“We can feel happy that we have got a stable ownership at Huddersfield Town, which helps us as we continue to build for the future.”

Town have lost out by one goal in their last three games, but have a good record in recent times against Leeds, winning the last two meetings. 

“We have made big strides this season and Saturday’s game is an interesting one,” Mark said. “Everybody says that form goes out of the window ahead of derby games, but I don’t believe that. Three points are at stake and we need those to kick start our points tally. We have been stuck on 34 for too long and we want to get to 40 as soon as possible.

“The players are massively up for the game after the disappointment of Tuesday night.”

James Vaughan scored the winner at Elland Road last season, but it looks likely that he may have to sit out tomorrow’s trip, admitted Mark.

“James is looking pretty good – the injection has settled the injury down – but I still think tomorrow will come too early. I will have a conversation with him today and see how he feels. Tomorrow will also come too early for one or two others.” 

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