MARK ROBINS says Huddersfield Town will have to be ready for a scrap when they play host to Peterborough in tomorrow’s big Championship survival showdown.
The manager accepts slipping into the drop zone means there will be heightened tension around the John Smith’s Stadium.
But he will demand his players focus only on earning the three points which would lift Town out of the bottom three.
“There is a human element of thinking about what ifs,” said Robins, whose side must go to another relegation rival Wolves tomorrow week.
“But it’s important the players leave that to other people, forget about matches elsewhere and focus on doing what’s required to get the win.
“That means surpassing what the opposition do and fighting for every blade of grass.
“It’s about planning, preparing and playing as well as we possibly can do.”
Peterborough are a point and a place behind third-bottom Town, who are one of four clubs on 47 points, with two of the others, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn, facing each other.
“Peterborough have done very well, because not so long ago, they were being written off,” added Robins, whose side produced a battling display despite losing 1-0 at Bolton on Tuesday.
“They have lost George Boyd but brought in another gem in Dwight Gayle, who is a real talent.
“They have other players of quality and honesty, but we have to take the positives from the Bolton game, and there were plenty, into this one.
“It goes without saying that we must step up to the plate in terms of finishing the chances we are creating.
“If we do all those things, we know that in another week, the situation could look very different.”
Robins is waiting for the results of a scan on Jack Hunt (hamstring).