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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Huddersfield Town Reaction

The gaffer speaks after a late draw against the Terriers…

11 December 2021

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins gave his thoughts after the final whistle, following a late stoppage time equaliser against Huddersfield.

The Sky Blues attacked the game early on, but trailed at the break to a Danny Ward goal.

City kept up the pressure in the second half and fought back to secure another late point courtesy of Matty Godden’s glancing header.

Mark Robins was pleased with his sides performance, but admits his disappointment at not walking away with the win.

“It would’ve been a travesty if we didn’t get at least a point and we’re annoyed we didn’t get all three.

 “It’s a brilliant away performance against a side that set up and make it really difficult for you, counter on your mistakes, have plenty of pace, the one time we got it wrong in the first half we find ourselves down.

“We have to be more ruthless in the final third, we actually executed the game plan really well, and to have 22 shots, more on target than any game this season, is a testament to come to a place like this where it’s notoriously difficult to score.

“They’ve [Huddersfield] been different and kept things tight and they’ve had various results like that this season, they’re all drilled, know what they’re doing, they’ve got some talent to control a game, regardless of the personnel.” 

The Sky Blues equaliser came as a result of Jodi Jones’ hard work and Robins shared his delight at the difference his second-half changes made.

“The subs impacted the game really well, Jodi putting in the cross for Matty Godden, with space we knew was there, he’s picked it up found it, its a great delivery, calm, which is what we spoke to him about.

“Maatsen was full of energy and had some quality, he was unlucky to get the shot blocked, but we were building the pressure.

“Tyler in that final third is always in and around things, almost got a touch for a finish, but applied the pressure when we got the goal at the death and it was nothing more than we deserved.”

Touching on the rest of the squad, Robins rallied around his squad after a valiant performance, telling them to keep up their efforts displayed so far this season.

“You’ve got players that lack that little confidence in front of goal at the minute, but when they start to believe, one will fall, they’ve got to be a little calmer, or a little less critical of themselves and that’s one thing that can be said, the goals will come.

“We need a little bit more urgency, the speed of the ball needs to be quicker to break these teams down and the movement needs to be in sync, but for the most part, I thought we did brilliantly well and congratulations to them, they kept going and got a goal in the 94th minute, well created, well crafted and well executed.”

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