Mark Lillis hailed a difficult Huddersfield Town debut for Jack Robinson – and insisted he will prove a top signing.
Injuries to Lee Peltier and Tommy Smith meant the left-footed on-loan QPR defender was pressed into service at right-back as Town were beaten 4-2 by Championship high-flyers Watford at Vicarage Road.
The second-placed Hornets collected a third straight home league win despite being reduced to 10 men when the score was 2-2.
Centre-back Gabriel Tamas was red carded after two bookable offences, but Town couldn’t take advantage.
And he saw the performance of ex-Liverpool player Robinson, who has joined up with England Under 21s , as a definite plus.
“Jack has been well schooled at Liverpool and with England Under 21s,” said Lillis.
“He knows the demands of this game, and as soon as I asked him if he’d do a job at right-back for me, he was up for it.
“He’s a good player and a very good addition to our squad.”
Lillis said of the defeat: “It must have been a great game for the fans, end to end with both sides having a right go at it.
“But for us it’s a massive disappointment, because I thought the players followed the gameplan they were given.
“But we paid the price for a lapse when the game was poised at 2-2, and we have to cut out those kind of costly errors, because they will be punished.”