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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Huddersfield Town Preview

City get set to entertain the Terriers...

29 April 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is expecting a tough game against the Terriers in his side’s final home fixture of the 2021/22 season.

Huddersfield Town confirmed their place in the Championship play-off places last week, with victory against Barnsley, with two games to go.

Robins’ former side have enjoyed a successful season after narrowly beating the drop in the previous campaign, and the City boss praised his opposite number for the job he has done at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“We’re coming up against a good well organised team in Huddersfield, who have a lot of quality and pace on the counter-attack.

“They’ve consolidated a place in the play-offs through their good play and organisation and they’re a good side, with some talented players in their squad.

“They’re tactically adaptable and that’s the way he’s set them up and Carlos Corberan has done a really good job.

“They had one spell in the season when they had a 17 game unbeaten run and they picked up plenty of wins during that over Christmas.

“They were one of the few teams who kept playing over Christmas during that spell when games were being postponed for covid cases in squads and we had an enforced break because opponents were cancelling games and that broke up some of the rhythm.

“But they continued playing and they kept winning and it put them in a really good position and it gave them confidence and they continued from that point.”

With Corberan’s side having already booked their place in the play-offs, some have suggested he may rest some of his side ahead of those fixtures.

However, Robins is expecting to come up against a full strength Huddersfield side, who are looking to build momentum.

“It will be a tough game regardless of what happens. They have some injuries, and they may want to use the game to rest some, but I think they will want to keep momentum in the players.

“They will know the players who will need to keep playing and the ones who might need a breather and that’s one for them, it’s their camp, we can make presumptions of what might happen, but there are a number of scenarios.

“It is a tough game, they play in a certain way, but they can change their tactics and he does that regularly, so even when we get the team sheet we might not know what they’re doing until they line-up.

“Ultimately, it’s about us and what we can do and how we can cause them problems, and that’s what we always try and focus on, so there’s no difference, it’s our last home game and it’s one to look forward to.”

As Robins mentioned, the clash against the Terriers will be City’s final fixture at the Coventry Building Society Arena this season and he took time to thank the fans for their support throughout the campaign.

“I’ve put a message in the programme notes but to reiterate, the supporters are an integral part and they are an essential part of what any club tries to do.

“Ours are special. They’ve got behind the players continuously, regardless of any situation and that will help them moving forwards.

“It can’t be underestimated the positivity that is generated around the stadium, and it lends itself to better performances and results and we can’t thank them enough.

“We know how much money they spend every season following us and we just want to thank them for that support it has been amazing.”


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