Lol­ley has Robins lick­ing his lips

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Andrew Brook To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

POS­SESS­ING longer fin­ger­nails than he did 12 months ago, Hud­der­s­field man­ager Mark Robins en­ters the sum­mer break in high spir­its af­ter pow­er­ing past Wat­ford – but the Ter­ri­ers boss says the hard work doesn’t stop here.

Last sea­son his side scraped to safety on the fi­nal day but, com­fort­ably mid-ta­ble this term, Hud­der­s­field were in­spired by full-debu­tant Joe Lol­ley and hat­trick hero Danny Ward at Vicarage Road.

Wat­ford also en­dured a fraught fi­nal day last sea­son, nar­rowly miss­ing pro­mo­tion, and sub­jected their fans to dis­ap­point­ment once more as they ended the sea­son with four con­sec­u­tive de­feats – not that Robins was too con­cerned.

Robins said: “We were ex­cel­lent from start to fin­ish. We con­trolled it as best we could and over­all I’m very, very pleased.

“For his de­but Joe Lol­ley was out­stand­ing. He’s got some work to do phys­i­cally to get up to speed, be­cause he’s risen eight leagues in 18 months. We want to keep him on that up­ward curve, but he’s found the tran­si­tion dif­fi­cult. He’s shown here how ca­pa­ble he is and he'll get bet­ter and bet­ter.

“I’ve said for a long time that Danny Ward gets him­self into un­be­liev­able po­si­tions and doesn’t al­ways deliver the fin­ish. In train­ing he does, so I know he’s got that in him. He’s out of con­tract, but there’s scope to do some­thing and we’ll be hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions early next week.

“We won’t get too much of a break. We need to deal with is­sues, such as out-of-con­tract play­ers, and the re­cruit­ment process gets into full swing over the next few weeks.”

Hud­der­s­field con­verted their dom­i­nance of pos­ses­sion in the first 45 min­utes with an in­ci­sive move from the sec­ond-half kick-off. Lol­ley, who signed from Kid­der­min­ster in Jan­uary and demon­strated the po­ten­tial to make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on next sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship, re­ceived Ward’s pass, spun Gabriele An­gella three times and squeezed a shot in­side Jonathan Bond’s far post.

Roles were re­versed for the sec­ond and third, when Lol­ley passed first for Ward to trickle a gen­tle shot be­tween Bond’s legs, and then fire in off the far post.

Ward later sealed his first ca­reer hat-trick by slip­ping a free-kick in­side a sur­prised Bond's near post, and Troy Deeney bagged a late con­so­la­tion penalty for the hosts.

Wat­ford head coach Beppe San­nino said:“I’m sorry be­cause we fin­ished the sea­son in front of our sup­port­ers in the worst man­ner pos­si­ble. This is a bad mo­ment and we have failed.

“I don’t think the play­ers de­serve to go on hol­i­day straight af­ter the sea­son.

“We have planned some phys­i­cal tests and they will con­tinue next week.

“In my ca­reer I have never lost four games in a row and I am not in po­si­tion to make people un­der­stand the pain in­side me.

“I feel the pain for people who come to watch us and the people who of­fered me the job.

“I do have a con­tract next sea­son, but the own­ers hold the con­tract.

“I was asked to try and give a ‘spin’ to our sea­son and for the most part we did it, but in the last four games the same mis­takes have come back.”

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