Huddersfield Town: Theo Robinson interview

Twenty games without a start and 14 appearances without a goal – Theo Robinson is back in Lee Clark's first-team plans and back amongst the goals.

And now the 21-year-old says he won't allow himself to suffer such isolation again.

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Robinson arrived with a glowing reputation following his transfer from Watford in the summer with assistant boss Terry McDermott soon comparing the hitman to Andy Cole at the same stage in his career.

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True to script, the goals soon flowed, Robinson netting seven in his first eight games and thriving as a starter up front alongside Jordan Rhodes.

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However, Robinson's effort against Walsall on September 26 was to be his last for two months and there was then a four-month wait for the next strike which came in last weekend's win at Leyton Orient.

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Robinson found himself the chief sufferer as fellow forward Lee Novak, took to professional football like the proverbial duck to water, but Novak's knee injury had Robinson back in the first team at Brisbane Road.

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Novak's return is imminent but the Geordie will have a fight on his hands for a first-team shirt – Robinson stressing that he has learned from his spell on the subs' bench and has no plans to renew his seat.

Assessing his first season at the Galpharm, Robinson conceded: "It's been a learning curve.

"I've enjoyed my time here so far, and I've enjoyed playing, but this is the first time I have been on the bench and not regularly starting.

"But now it's happened I'm sure it won't happen again – I can't let it happen again.

"I'm going to push on to start every game and do everything for the team that I can. If I can score another five or 10 goals then great, but I'll just be happy to be playing.

"It's more about the team winning than my personal goals."

A team player Robinson may be, but goals are the striker's bread and butter.

And the Birmingham-born player admits that it was a relief to end the 14-game barren spell with last weekend's strike at Orient – an occasion which also brought the targetman's first start since last October and Huddersfield's first win in four games.

For Robinson, every box was ticked.

"I've had a lot of frustrations, but it was great to get back in the team and get my first start in a while," he said.

"And getting the three points was even better.

"To get a goal was great as well so I had everything together – the whole package."

Robinson also remains convinced that he has the right package to become Town's main striker, insisting that even during his isolation from the first team his confidence was not dented.

On loan spells away from first professional club Watford, Robinson netted on a consistent basis at non-league Wealdstone, Hereford United and Southend and admits that his Terriers drought was something he has never experienced before.

The 5ft 9in striker said: "It has probably been the longest spell that I haven't scored throughout my career but I am always confident of scoring – no matter what.

"If I get a chance and that chance is off the bench I will try and score, but it is a bit harder than starting.

"You can't really settle coming on for the last 10 minutes. it's very hard to read the game.

"Starting a game you get more time to get a feel of things and get more chance to settle. Now I hope I can keep playing, keep getting chances and keep scoring until the end of the season."

Robinson's biggest stumbling block could be the return of Novak, signed from non-league Gateshead but already with a double-figure goals tally and tipped in some quarters to be the club's player of the year.

Robinson admits that in football one man's injury can prove another man's gain.

"He's a fellow player and a friend," Robinson said of Novak.

"He's been doing well and scoring, but I'm just glad to get my chance to help the team.

"I want to play, get goals and help the team to get promoted."

Town face competition from the likes of Colchester, Swindon and Charlton for a top-six berth – not to mention Millwall and Leeds – but Robinson is adamant that Town have what it takes to seal a place in the play-offs.

He said: "I'm sure we can do it – we are not far off it. We've still got to play teams like Colchester and Millwall.

"It's a big test of character for the players, but we're more than confident of beating any of the top teams.

"Everybody would be gutted if we missed out this season, but if that happens then next season we will come back stronger.

"We would push on even more for we would know what it's all about."