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21 March 2014

Mark encourages passing game

Mark Robins is keen for his Huddersfield Town players to continue playing the passing game that has served them well throughout the season.

He told that it would be easy for them to revert to “back to front” football, but wants his players to continue being brave on the ball.

“We were disappointed with the mistakes and the individual errors that you can’t do much about, but we are trying to eradicate them,” said Mark, reflecting on the Blackburn game. “I am asking the players to play in a certain way and they have taken it on board. I want them to be brave and to have the courage to pass the ball – and that is what it takes. It would be easy to play route one football, but we only want to revert to that when it is necessary.

“A lot of the stuff that had happened in the Blackburn game was good. I watched the match back and I thought that we did pretty well; we had enough opportunities on their goal to get something from the game. Had we done things better and not made the mistakes then we could have won the match.”

One of the major positives from the 4-2 defeat was the Terriers’ second goal, which saw James Vaughan and Nahki Wells link up to great effect.  

Mark said: “Last weekend was one of the first times that they have played together and they linked up well; it has the potential to be an explosive partnership. Danny Ward has done ever so well when he has been in there and the only thing missing from his game at the moment are goals. If we can get him hitting the target more often he will be a real handful.

“I am pleased with the way that things are shaping up as we enter the final stage of the season,” Mark added.

Blackpool have won just once in their last 20 matches, during which time Robins’ former Manchester United teammate Paul Ince was sacked.

“They started brilliantly under Paul and he put together a squad of very good players,” said Mark. “At the moment they are scrapping at the bottom, but they look close to turning their fortunes around. 

“Barry Ferguson has been in the building a while and knows the environment well; he is making a good fist of it. The appointment of Eric Black (advisor to Ferguson) is an inspired one in my opinion and will certainly be of help to Barry. 

“Their squad on paper is still a strong one and Bloomfield Road is always a tough place to play football. We are under no illusions that we have to be on our game; we have to stand up and be counted.”

After playing the final twenty minutes of the Blackburn match, Vaughan should be fine for Saturday according to Robins. 

“We don’t have any major problems; we are in relatively good health. James is fine and there is only Joel Lynch who we are waiting on and even he is back on the grass running. Hopefully by the back end of the next week he may be staking a claim for a starting place.”

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