Sheffield Wednesday: Robins seeks Hillsborough first

Huddersfield manager and former Wednesday player Mark Robins
Huddersfield manager and former Wednesday player Mark Robins
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Mark Robins is aiming to take points from Wednesday for the first time as a manager.

He has already tasted victory against his old club, however.

The ex-Owls striker was manager of Rotherham when they won a Hillsborough penalty shoot-out in the League Cup first round in 2008.

Wednesday lost 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Robins moved on to manage Barnsley and Coventry; now with Huddersfield, he relishes tomorrow’s televised occasion.

The 43-year-old spent 18 months with Wednesday from December, 2003, and scored seven goals for them in 17 starts plus one outing as a sub. The Owls were his final league club of his playing days.

“Wednesday are a club with stature, and Hillsborough is a good stadium, and this is a game I’m really looking forward to,” he says.

Huddersfield ambassador and ex-Wednesday centre forward Andy Booth is another who is eager to see the contest: “It is a good derby at a good stadium, and it certainly seems to produce talking points.

“The 4-4 game was a real cracker (in 2011-12). “We had a great win here last season (3-1), and something similar would be fantastic as we go into a busy spell.

“We’ve been competitive in pretty much every match and we are well capable of winning there. But Wednesday will be gunning for the points as well.

“The season we both went up, they looked a really strong, sharp side, and I thought they would make a real Championship challenge.

“That’s not happened yet, but they have some good, experienced players, and we will have to be on our guard.”