Huddersfield Town boss on 10 game points total and Bristol Rovers test
Oct 1 2010 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Town reach the 10-match milestone when Bristol Rovers visit tomorrow with boss Lee Clark urging his players to hit back after defeats at Swindon and Rochdale.
The Galpharm side have 14 points from their nine League I games so far and the manager admitted: “I like to work in blocks of 10 and we’re a little bit short of where I wanted us to be.”
While admitting it’s points not performances which count in terms of the table, Clark has at least been encouraged by many aspects of the play produced.
Looking back at the 1-0 loss to Swindon, he pointed out: “We started the game well, then lost our biggest impact player over the last few weeks in Gary Roberts early on.
“Whether that disturbed us I don’t know, but they came back into the game. Even so, we defended very well.
“On many occasions we kept the ball out of our penalty box, and when it did get in, we coped well, with some great blocks by the defenders and good saves from Alex Smithies.
“They broke through very late on with a terrific header, and while it was well taken, it was very disappointing from our point of view.”
While Town slumped 3-0 at Rochdale, where the home side scored twice late on, Clark maintains it was one of his side’s best performances this season.
“We got done early on by a dubious free-kick with took a ricochet off someone and went straight to their player,” he said.
“But we responded well and the statistics show that in terms of chances created, we did enough to have won the game comfortably.
“We came out of the blocks quickly and we were competitive and aggressive within the laws of the game.
“That’s the level we must continue to produce, but obviously with a different final outcome, and we have to look to take maximum points against Bristol Rovers.”
While Town are eighth, Rovers head to West Yorkshire in 15th place and with 12 points from their three wins, three draws and three defeats so far.
The momentum generated by the wins at Dagenham and Redbridge (3-0) and at home to Notts County (2-1) was broken by Tranmere’s 1-0 victory at the Memorial Ground on Tuesday.
And Clark, who pits his wits against an old Fulham teammate in Paul Trollope, is ready for a reaction from the visitors.
“Paul was very meticulous as a player, so I’m expecting them to be well prepared for this game,” he said.
“Like a lot of sides, they’ve been a but up and down so far, but they have a great work ethic and they have picked up some decent wins, so we expect a test.