Hard work holds the key to Huddersfield Town picking up three points and maintaining their unbeaten home record against Charlton tonight.
That’s the view of manager Mark Robins as he selects from a fully-fit squad at the John Smith’s Stadium for a match in which Swansea loan man Jazz Richards was still awaiting international clearance last night.
Robins has suggested Jon Stead will start alongside James Vaughan up front and there could also be changes in midfield as Town look to replicate their Capital One Cup victory over the Addicks last month.
On that occasion, Joel Lynch, Jonathan Hogg and Adam Hammill came up with the goals to secure a 3-2 comeback victory, and Robins believes this home outing couldn’t be better timed after a clean sheet ensured at least some reward from the derby draw against Doncaster.
“There are always improvements you can make and things to tweak when you study the DVD, but it’s not a massive job because we are not far away from everything clicking,” said Robins.
“What we have to do is make sure we work harder than the opposition.
“When we stop doing that we become ordinary because we are not yet the finished article – that will be a long time in the making.
“But we are decent technically as a group and capable and we are just looking for progression. We will keep playing the way we have been, that’s for sure, and we just need to trust each other and believe in our ability.
“I’ve asked the lads to pass the ball even if their teammates are marked. They will make mistakes, sure, but that’s my responsibility because I’m asking them to pass.”
Charlton could be without influential French striker Jann Kermogant through injury, which would be a big blow for boss Chris Powell.
His side are 17th, five places below Town, but have been beaten only once in their last 10 away Championship fixtures going back into last season.
“Charlton will be a threat, we know that, and they’ve got some talented midfield players,” added Robins.
“We just need to make sure we are on our game and believe in each other to pass the ball.”