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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Huddersfield Town Preview

Gaffer speaks on Terriers Test...

10 December 2021

City boss Mark Robins is focused on the challenge Huddersfield Town pose this weekend, as his side go up against the Terriers in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick off.

The Sky Blues will be hoping for a positive result in West Yorkshire and Robins believes it is a good opportunity for his side to get back to winning ways.

“It’s a chance for us to get back into the top six, all be it an earlier kick off than everybody else.

“It is a game that is really important as always and its on Sky again, so it’s something to look forward to.”

Robins spoke of the change of playing style Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan has implemented this season, who like City have been mainstays in the top half of the table so far this term.

“It’s always a decent pitch up at the John Smith’s and against a good team. They are a decent side, they play in a different way than they did last season, and they are comfortable doing what they do.

“Their shape is compact, they are comfortable dropping into a 5-4-1 shape or a box shape and they’ll break from there as they have pace in forward areas.

“They’ve got experience in the side and when they are in possession and break on you then they are quick. O’Brien from midfield is a really quick midfield player who wants to come and press, and I think he is one of their best players, but they’ve got some really good players in the side.

“We’ve got to be at our best to try and break them down or if they decide to employ different tactics, because they can do, Carlos is an intelligent coach so tactically it is going to be a challenging game but one we can really look forward to."

Robins believes the Terriers have a good mix of youth and experience in their team and knows that the Sky Blues will have to be at their best if they are going to extend their three-match unbeaten run away from home.

“They’ve got Levi Colwill, who has come in from Chelsea, and plays on the left side of a three if Naby Sarr is not playing but Colwill, is only eighteen, and he is a very powerful defender who is very quick, very strong and looks a really good player with experience alongside him with Tom Lees and Matty Pearson.

“Danny Ward, who I had there, has come back and has been playing either up front or just off the striker and can do either of those easily, Duane Holmes will probably come back in having had his first child so missing the game against Barnsley and he is a miss for them.

“Jonathan Hogg has been there a long, long time and has been missing and he is a miss for them but like I say they have good players throughout the squad.

“We have to look to go there and perform at our best to get something from the game.”

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