Mark Robins said Huddersfield Town made far too much of a contribution to their own downfall as they slipped to 15th in the Championship after a 16th defeat, and sixth at home.

But with 10 games to go, starting at Blackpool on Saturday, the boss insists his side have what it takes to claim a top-10 finish – if they can cut out the mistakes.

“Several times it looked like we were going to light the blue touch paper, and the fans were behind us, but it just didn’t happen,” said Robins of a game which drew a tickets-issued crowd of 13,311 (1,042 from Blackburn).

“We contributed to their win too much.

“We started poorly (Jordan Rhodes claimed the first of his hat-trick of goals in the fourth minute), then grew into the game and got a foothold (Adam Hammill levelled in the 24th and it was 1-1 at half-time).

 

“I thought we finished the first half stronger than them, and I felt we could go on and win the match.”

Despite Robins’ optimism, Town conceded two goals in 11 minutes, to Rhodes and Craig Conway, and while Nahki Wells pulled one back, his first goal in 10 games and third for Town, Rhodes’ third in the 81st minute put the issue beyond doubt.

“Jordan has been on a lean spell, but we seem to have forgotten he is no longer a teammate,” added Robins.

“I am not being derisory to him because he is a great finisher, but we have given him the goals.

“It’s down to a bit of naivety, and it’s not like they had to work for their goals like we had to work for ours.”

“We have players in the side who we desperately want to progress, but we have to stop the mistakes.

“It’s as if we are frightened of getting a nosebleed by going up the division, but I believe we are capable of the top 10.”

Robins, who restored Tommy Smith, Ollie Norwood and Hammill to his starting side at the expense of Calum Woods, Keith Southern and Sean Scannell, says Joel Lynch, who has had groin surgery, has started running again.

Lynch’s fellow centre-back Anthony Gerrard is still nursing a toe injury.

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