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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Huddersfield Town Reaction

City were held to a 1-1 draw at the John Smith's Stadium...

1 May 2021

Mark Robins felt his side “deserved” all three points after being forced to settle for a draw against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Jordan Shipley opened the scoring with a deflected strike in the second half before Danny Ward equalised for the Terriers to secure a 1-1 draw for Carlos Corberan’s men.

The manager felt his side were the better team in West Yorkshire and was pleased with City’s dominant second half performance.

Robins said: “The second half was much better, we got a foothold in it, we passed the ball, there was some good rotation, there was some good movement and decent opportunities, we worked hard and we deserved to win it.

“The goal came after some really decent play, Shipperz found himself in good space and should take good credit for that, the goal that we conceded was typical of what we do, it was really sloppy, that’s disappointing and it’s something we have to put right for next season.

“The players deserve a lot of credit, Pask came on with a fractured cheekbone, he wanted to play which says everything about him, Jack Burroughs had some decent involvement in the game as well.

“It’s disappointing to have drawn and not gone on to win it, looking at the game, it lent itself to what happened in the second half, from a tactical perspective we got to grips with it better.

“Viktor led the line really well and put them under real pressure, he was unlucky not to get a goal, we ended up with a really young team at the end with a couple of academy graduates in there, I felt we could nick something and the only disappointment is that we didn’t kill them off.”

Robins was also delighted to be able to hand Jack Burroughs his first league appearance of the campaign and praised the youngster’s development this season.

“You can see from where Jack was from the Rangers game in pre-season, he’s developed out on loan at Gloucester, that’s done him the world of good, he’s come back in with physicality and he’s grown as a person.

“The maturity is starting to come, he’s serious about his work and you can see that in his play, it’s a big learning curve for him, also Josh Eccles, you could see that they’ve played together in 23s football.

“It was a totally different game from any of the games we’ve played of late, there was more on the game for them than there was for us, getting into the game there has to be something on it to keep you up there in terms of mentality.

“We worked hard, Gus looked a little bit more lively in the first half, Callum worked to his maximum, when there’s not that extra pressure it makes a bit of a difference, we tried to play in the right way and we deserve enormous credit for that.”

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