Mark Robins says his Huddersfield Town players must stand up and be counted as they aim to stave off being sucked into a Championship survival battle by winning at Derby on Saturday.

Two home defeats in four days, i ncluding a dismal 2-0 loss against Ipswich on Tuesday , have left Robins’ side just seven points above the drop zone.

 

Town, without a win in eight games, have 15 points to play for, but of the seven sides below, Charlton have two games in hand and Barnsley one.

If results elsewhere go their way, Derby, who were 3-1 winners at Blackpool on Tuesday, could clinch a play-off place by beating Town.

Robins kept close tabs on last night’s development match at Derby as he works on a gameplan for the meeting with Steve McClaren’s third-placed Rams.

And he says whoever is selected must show much more steel, determination and will to win than was evident against Ipswich.

“Our supporters want to get behind the team, but the team must give them something to get behind,” said the boss. “We deserved the criticism we got on Tuesday.

“We have to find a response and produce the kind of hard work that Huddersfield Town has been built on, and show the supporters we care.

“Too many looked like they thought they could just turn up and play a match without putting in any work and without fighting for the cause and that won’t happen again.

“The performance was nowhere near good enough.”

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