Manager delighted with derby showing
Mark Robins was delighted with the Terriers’ performance after a dominant derby display against Barnsley.
He said: “It was thoroughly deserved; I thought we controlled the game after the first ten minutes, they had a couple of really good opportunities and Alex (Smithies) kept us in it at 0-0.
“It could have been a different game, you know what football is like; and we went down the other end and took our chance.
“We followed it up with our second goal and then we were in total control and killed the game off in the second half, although it could have been finished in the first half.
“I was really pleased with the performance; I thought it was very professional with lots of quality as well.”
Robins praised Town’s attacking football and was impressed by Man of the Match Nahki Wells’ contribution.
“There was good movement, we tried to move the ball and entertain; we’ve not held back today and went right from the first minute.
“I thought Nahki Wells was absolutely magnificent, I was hoping he’d get a goal, but he created opportunities for others and was at the heart of everything we did today.
Town’s Manager also had praise for the recalled Keith Southern: “He helped keep things ticking over in the middle of the park; he kept things nice and tight where we’ve been a little bit exposed in previous games. He’s done particularly well today so I’m really pleased with his performance.”
Town lined up in a new formation against the Tykes and Robins was pleased his plan came off.
He said: “Jack Hunt was going to be a threat and I wanted to try and get at Barnsley’s full-backs and not give them an easy run; we’ve got players who can hurt them. Today was a success and we’ve got to try and build on it.”
To finish, Robins praised Town’s magnificent support and commented on the improved atmosphere following the trial of the ‘singing section’ in the Fantastic Media Stand Lower.
He said: “There was a better atmosphere; they sang their hearts out all game, I thought it was fantastic. It was a great atmosphere and I’m happy we gave them something to cheer about.”