HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Mark Robins admitted his disappointment at missing out on victory but was quick to point out: “While this result could have been better for us, it could also have been worse.”
In a key Championship relegation battle at the John Smith’s Stadium, Town twice lost leads supplied by midfielder Neil Danns and centre-back Murray Wallace, who started in place of the injured Anthony Gerrard.Related content
Peterborough’s second equaliser was headed home by Dwight Gayle from Lee Tomlin’s corner, sparking a debate over the way Town defend flag kicks.
“People might ask whether there should have been a man on the post,” accepted Robins.
“But we prefer to try and get someone in a position where they can clear the ball. It was an outswinging corner as well.
“Do you put people on the post and make sure the gaps are filled or get people marking opponents, which for me is the most important thing?
“If players are picked up properly and we attack the ball properly, it doesn’t go anywhere near the goal, but when they score in the manner they did, the debate opens up.”
Robins – already missing suspended midfielder Adam Clayton and injured duo Keith Southern and Jack Hunt, and then forced to rule out Anthony Gerrard (calf) and Danny Ward (groin) – was happy to explain his decision to start with one striker, James Vaughan, in a 4-2-3-1 system, with Scott Arfield, Danns and Sean Scannell driving forward from the middle and flanks.
“The perception of our supporters, who were brilliant, by the way, may well be that we have gone into the game negatively, but that’s not the case,” he argued.
“We wanted to nullify their threat – and they are a threat, having now gone eight games unbeaten – and we did that for the most part.
“They came into it more in the second half but we had opened up having brought Oscar Gobern off to get Jermaine Beckford on to try and nick a second goal, which we did.
“Having gone 2-1 up, we didn’t have anyone to bring on to shore up the middle and as a consequence, they got a little bit on top and knocked us back 20 yards or so.
“We started strongly, and that was important because I chose to go with one striker, and we tried to play and pass on our difficult surface.
“We were better in the first half than the second.Related content
“I tried to make a positive change to give us that little bit of impetus, and we got it from a set play, a good goal, but then they got one back from a set play.
“It is clearly disappointing it wasn’t all three points, but while it could have been better, it could also have been worse.
“We are out of the bottom three. We were in it for a week, which was uncomfortable, and don’t want to go back in it. That is a must.
“We’ve seen a few twists and turns today and there will be plenty more before then end of the season.”