The Den

Next Game

Millwall v Huddsf'ld

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Huddsf'ld 1 - 2 Leeds

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 12:30

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Robins pleased with Norwood

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins was happy as Oliver Norwood demonstrated just how much his shooting has improved with a fabulous winner in 1-0 victory at Bolton, whose boss Dougie Freedman was left feeling frustrated.

Last Updated: 03/12/13 at 23:31 Post Comment

Mark Robins: Delighted after away win

Mark Robins: Delighted after away win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The former Manchester United trainee has, Robins revealed, been working on putting the ball in the net and with two goals in four days, it is clear the extra practice was worthwhile.

Norwood, fresh from scoring in a win over his boyhood club Burnley on Saturday, lit up a drab affair at the Reebok Stadium with a 30-yard rocket which arrowed into the top corner 19 minutes from time and gave the Terriers a 1-0 victory for their third successive triumph.

Asked if Robins, himself a former striker, had been looking to improve Norwood's touch in front of goal, he said: "Funnily enough, yeah!

"Oli is technically outstanding and it's just that belief. We've worked on some of his finishing and shooting, I've spoken with him and he's taken that on board and to some degree he's hitting the ball really well and it's a confidence thing.

"He's a technically gifted player and he deserves that (goal), he's had a good week."

The three points push Robins' men into play-off contention, a marked improvement from their last visit to Bolton when they lost 1-0 in April during a period when they were aiming to preserve their Championship status.

Robins added: "We played really well here last season and didn't come away with a point; it was tough to take because we were in that run in at the end of the season and we were fighting for our lives.

"This year we've come in with a bit of confidence and the players have got a clean sheet. Sometimes you have to grind out a result and they've done that brilliantly."

Wanderers were thwarted by a trio of first-half Alex Smithies saves while the normally prolific Jermaine Beckford fluffed his lines twice late on.

After an eight-game unbeaten run, Dougie Freedman expressed his frustration at back-to-back defeats which is likely to see his team looking nervously over their shoulders once more.

"I thought we did alright. In another game you get two or three goals and away you go, it's comfortable," he said.

"I'm probably more disappointed for the players because they gave themselves a good opportunity with the last seven or eight games to really kick on.

"We've got to pick ourselves up come Saturday; the good thing about the Championship is it does come thick and fast and we've got to take our frustrations out on Doncaster on Saturday."

In a division which has seen three managerial departures since Sunday, the boos which greeted the final whistle will hardly be music to Freedman's ears.

"You're going to have ups and downs," he noted.

"We've had four or five weeks of a lot of ups and you're going to have to take the downs, me as well.

"When the downs come you're going to have to quickly get over that. I can't control the environment of football, it's very impatient. All I can try and control is my decision making and make sure for the best of the football club that we're making progress all the time."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Transfer news: Crystal Palace confirm the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare from Lille, subject to a work permit.

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company