Huddersfield v Ipswich: THEY had some good times together – but today it’s dog-eat-dog as old allies become foes.

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David McGoldrick scored 17 goals in 25 appearances under the management of Mark Robins during a loan spell at promotion-chasing League One side Coventry in the first half of the season.

Both have used that success as a springboard back into the Championship – Nottingham Forest front man McGoldrick completing a move to Ipswich Town in the January transfer window and ex-Barnsley Robins having recently been installed in the Huddersfield hot seat.

And the duo know that this afternoon’s game between their employers, at the John Smith’s Stadium, could well have a big bearing on whether one of them swiftly returns to the third tier of English football.

With Town and the Terriers just three and two points above the drop zone respectively as the campaign enters its final straight, McGoldrick said: “I don’t know if you can call it a six-pointer yet, but it’s a big game.

“Mark is a good guy and a good manager and I think he’ll do a good job there – but obviously I hope that only starts after we get the points.

“He’s an intelligent man who knows the game. He studies teams and will be looking for the weaknesses in our side. He’ll think he’ll know how to keep me quiet, but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for him!

“He doesn’t shout a lot, but he gets respect off the players by talking to them and explaining his decisions.”

It’s been a nightmare start for Robins in his new job. After producing a limp first-half display in their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round defeat against Premier League side Wigan last Sunday, the Yorkshire club were thumped 6-1 at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

“He will have been hurt,” said McGoldrick.

“He doesn’t overeact to bad results and we’ve got to be wary because they’ll come out of the blocks fast.

“If I’d just got beat 6-1 then I’d certainly be angry about it. From the first minute they’re going to be right up in our faces.

“We’ve got to be up for it.”

– See today’s EADT for full match preview. Follow @Stuart_Watson and @ChrisBramms for live match updates.

4 comments

  • Defininetly need 3 points in this match. Some of the others swilling around in the bottom half have pretty tough games this weekend and if they were to lose and we won then it would put just a shade of distance between us and the bottom. Only problem is we have been bad at putting away teams near the bottom and we must start now. There are enough seasoned professionals in our team to be strong enough and good enough to not struggling against teams like Huddersfield and if you cast your mind back, didn't we get rejected by one of their players earlier in the season ?

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    whymarkmariner

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Perhaps McGoldrick who 'kept his options open' at Coventry and is no doubt doing the same here (as are Offshore Investment FC) would be well advised to 'keep his options open' at Huddersfield at the end of the season - assuming Robins is still in the job as Huddersfield seem remarkably good at parting company with their managers.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • ONLY 3 POINTS WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH TODAY... HOPE THEY ARE REALLY FIRED UP FOR THIS ONE.....C.O.Y.B..s

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • If the town do not manage to win this game against awful opponents on a steady decline, its time for question marks against all those in charge. Mccarthy's hypocritical way of managing the town must surely ring alarm bells in evans office wherever that is. Ive never known a manager before at town that cannot be trusted to tell the truth, its deplorable and just goes to show town fans what a bad choice he was and also towns steady decline into the abyss.

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    ged scott

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

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