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ROBINS WELCOMES BACK WELLS

27 January 2014

Striker back for Bournemouth

Mark Robins will welcome back cup-tied Nahki Wells for the trip to Bournemouth, but is likely to be without Adam Hammill.

Both Wells and Joe Lolley are in contention after missing the defeat to Charlton, whereas Hammill was forced off during the match following a heavy tackle by Dale Stephens.

On Wells’ inclusion, Mark said: “You don’t pay that sort of money and not have him on the pitch. He is chomping at the bit and has worked hard since QPR, even training on Saturday to make sure that he is ready.” 

Hammill has been involved in every one of Town’s matches this term and finding a replacement could be tough, said Mark.

“Adam was very fortunate to walk off the pitch on Saturday because the challenge on him was very robust, the likes of which you only really see in FA Cup ties. It seems to be refereed differently, it is a tough competition. We are hopeful that Adam won’t be out for too long, but it is likely that he will miss tomorrow night.

“We haven’t really got a like for like replacement for Adam, but we have got people who can come in and do a job, or we could change shape. I am clear in my mind on what direction we will go.

“Joe (Lolley) is a good prospect, but will I start him? Probably not,” Mark continued. “He is still settling in with us and has only trained a couple of days, but he is very capable and will travel to Bournemouth.

The Addicks’ first victory over Town this season ended the Terriers involvement in the FA Cup and Mark felt a lack of composure cost his team.

“It was a frustrating day,” he said. “I have watched the game back and we played ok and created enough chances to win the game, but just didn’t take one. The goalkeeper has played well for them, but we were guilty of lacking composure and missing clear cut chances.

“We need to move on quickly because we need to get back to winning ways tomorrow night.

“I saw Bournemouth play against Liverpool on Saturday and before that Watford, and they worked their socks off in both matches. It will be a different proposition to the one we faced earlier in the season because they are playing a different style of football. 

“There is no doubt that they will attack us and we will have to be on our toes to nullify their threat, but we also want to have a threat going the other way.” 

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