MARK ROBINS is demanding a step up in quality from Huddersfield Town at Burnley tonight.
The new John Smith’s Stadium boss – who has Derby loan striker Theo Robinson pushing for a first start of his spell – was satisfied with many aspects of Town’s display in the goalless home draw against Ipswich.
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But he accepts more polish is needed against Sean Dyche’s men, even though the 12th-placed hosts have collected only two points from 15 themselves.
“We need more of the same in terms of grit and determination, but also that bit of extra quality,” said Robins, whose whirlwind introduction to life in Huddersfield continues with a trip to Brighton on Saturday and a home clash with Middlesbrough a week today.
“It’s important we show more quality in our play against Burnley and then step it up yet again when we travel down to Brighton.
“As I said after the Ipswich game, I couldn’t fault the lads for their efforts and for what they tried to do, and hopefully it will be a good platform for us to now progress from.”
Robins will wait for late checks on defender Anthony Gerrard (Achilles) and midfielder Adam Clayton (foot) before naming his starting line-up, but both are expected to be okay.
Town haven’t won at Turf Moor in six visits since an FA Cup third round tie in 1972 when Dennis Clarke got the only goal in front of 21,563, but coach Steve Taylor sees no reason why they can’t do well.
“We feel that with the 4-5-1 formation it gives the attacking midfielders freedom to break lines and get in behind the opposition’s defence,” said Taylor, who says the squad are responding to what they are being asked to do.
“Burnley won’t launch the ball like Ipswich did on Saturday. They try and pass the ball.
“I worked with Kieran Trippier at Barnsley and he is a good little footballer – he will try and pass his way through. He has got great delivery as well so we will have to watch out for him. It is going to be a very tough game, but hopefully we can bring something back.”
Mark Halsey from Hertfordshire is the referee.