Robins rues "gifts"

Last Updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:09

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins felt his side gifted Blackburn their goals as Jordan Rhodes hit a hat-trick against his former club in a 4-2 win.

Rhodes put Town ahead in the fourth minute when he stepped past Murray Wallace and fired into the bottom corner but Adam Hammill levelled midway through the second half when his cross-cum-shot curled in at the back post.

At the start of the second half Danny Ward missed a great chance for Huddersfield before Rhodes restored the lead, heading in off the post from Craig Conway's cross.

Conway cashed in on a horrible blunder by keeper Alex Smithies who palmed the 25-yard drive into his own net, again off the post.

Nahki Wells ended his own goal drought with his first in 10 matches in the 71st minute to give Town hope at 3-2 but Adam Clayton was caught in possession and Rhodes completed his treble firing past Smithies again.

Robins refused to blame Smithies or Clayton but said: "We have gifted them the goals.

"Jordan Rhodes has been on a lean spell but we seem to have forgotten he is no longer a team-mate.

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

Robins said it was the "same old story" from his side and warned that his players had to guard against complacency.

He added: "Everybody is saying we are safe but we have to keep on playing and make sure we don't slip up.

"We talk about wanting to get to the next level but we have to consolidate our position.

"I need performances to show me how much work I need to do in the summer and after today's game it looks like a lot.

"We don't have a blame culture and rather than blame individuals we have to learn from our mistakes but it's a difficult one to take."

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