Mark Robins accepted Huddersfield Town’s defeat at SportsDirect.com Park provided him with plenty to ponder ahead of Tuesday’s final friendly at home to Premier League Newcastle and Saturday’s big Championship opener with Bournemouth back at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The match hinged on two home goals in three minutes late in the first half and Robins, born and bred in Oldham, said: “I thought we were in control until they scored with their first shot, and allowing that to happen is a bad habit. The players need to step up to the plate in that aspect.
“We kept possession well at times, but we were a bit too pedestrian and not good enough in the final third.
“Nobody was willing to run in behind and stretch the play. Oldham did that and they also got bodies behind the ball.”
Robins handed a full debut to on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Radi Majewski but pointed out: “We didn’t get him on the ball enough.
“But let’s not forget we are still in pre-season, it’s all about fitness and getting match action into legs, and we still have a week to go before Bournemouth, which will be a totally different type of game.”
Robins plans run-outs for plenty of his players against Newcastle.
“It’s a good game to look forward to,” he added.
“We want to create more chances and take more of them.
“It will probably be different sides in each half, because we will have to work hard and put a shift in and I don’t want it to be 90 minutes for anyone.”
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Lee Johnson’s Oldham kick-off their League I campaign with a trip to Colchester on Saturday.