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Grimsby v Huddersfield Preview

By: Sam Kinnaird
Date: 03/09/2007

HUDDERSFIELD Town visit Blundell Park for the first round of The Johnstone's Paint Trophy, a competition Town won in 1998, but have failed dismally in ever since.

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The Opposition

Overview

Having sealed promotion from League Two through the play-offs in May 2004, the Terriers missed out on the League One play-offs the following season by only a single point. In the 2005/6 season they went one better, but missed out on promotion having been beaten in the play-off semi-finals by eventual winners Barnsley, 3-2 on aggregate. Manager Peter Jackson was sacked in March of last season after some controversial and well publicised disagreements with the board, including declining an offer of cash to spend on players. It was a 5-1 thrashing at Nottingham Forest that sealed his fate, with the board being quoted as saying ’It was due to our form and inability to attract key players.’ Only a short time before being given the sack, Jackson had of course led them to promotion. New boss Andy Ritchie led the team to 7 points from a possible 12 in the final games of the season, the Terriers finished in 15th position on 49 points, having finished 7th and 4th in the previous seasons.

This Season
In the close season it was announced that six of Huddersfield’s youth players would be given professional contracts, following on from the board signalling their intent to focus on bringing players through from the youth system in previous seasons. Many senior players were released as a result, including ex-Town loanee Martin McIntosh, Mark Hudson and Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Defender Frank Sinclair (left) was signed on a free as well as former Evertonian Danny Cadermarteri and Malvin Kamara. Other signings included defender Richard Keogh on loan from Bristol City and defender Robbie Williams from Blackpool. The Terriers beat Premiership Blackburn in a pre-season friendly, and followed this form into their League campaign. They have beaten Yeovil, Bournemouth and Millwall so far, losing to Carlisle at home. They were also beaten by promoted Blackpool in the League Cup 1-0, Huddersfield currently sit in 4th spot in League One win 9 points.

Key Player
Luke Beckett. 30-year-old striker Beckett has represented five clubs in his career, including Sheffield United and Stockport. He began his career with Chester City, and he had impressed Stockport County enough for them to sign him for £100,000 in 2001. Sheffield United signed him for half that in 2004, but he never scored a goal in 5 appearances for them. Beckett was then loaned to Huddersfield from the Blades where he scored 6 goals in 7 games. Following that, he spent time on loan with Oldham Athletic, a time in which he was equally deadly in front of goal. This form persuaded manager Peter Jackson to part with £85,000 for his services on a three year deal, since then Beckett has bagged a prolific 17 goals in 45 appearances. He had been equally reliable in front of goal throughout his career with 139 goals in 287 appearances, including 45 goals in 79 games during his spell with Stockport.

Recent Form

TownHuddersfield
LShrewsbury(a)1-2
DMacclesfield(h)1-1
DBury(a)1-1
LBurnley (CC)(h)1-1
(2-4p)
DNotts Co(h)1-1
Currently 18th in League Two.
WMillwall(h)2-1
LCarlisle(h)0-2
WBournemouth(h)1-0
LBlackpool (CC)(h)0-1
WYeovil(a)1-0
Currently 4th in League One.

Team News

TownHuddersfield

  • Defender Ryan Bennett will sit the game out through suspension after his late sending off at Shrewsbury.

  • Paul Bolland is a big doubt for the game and will probable not be risked after being concussed at the weekend.

  • Alan Buckley may look to rotate the squad and use the game to give the fringe players some match practice.
  • Defender Frank Sinclair will miss out with a torn hamstring, as will fellow defender David Mirfin who has an ongoing knee problem.

  • Danny Cadermateri will sit the game out with a hamstring strain but winger Danny Schofield could return after missing the game at Millwall for personal reasons.

  • James Berry will miss the game after being called up by the Ireland under 19 squad.
  • Probable Teams

    TownHuddersfield
    1Barnes
    14Mulligan
    5Fenton
    5Whittle
    3Newey
    7Till
    11Boshell
    18Hunt
    10Toner
    19Jones
    20Taylor
    27Glennon
    19Hardy
    6N Clarke
    TBAKeogh
    3Skarz
    15Kamara
    11Schofield
    4Collins
    2Holdsworth
    18Beckett
    23Booth

    Subs

    TownHuddersfield
    13Montgomery
    2Clarke
    12Foulkes
    18Bore
    9North
    26Eastwood
    17Young
    12T. Clarke
    20Racchi
    TBABailey

    Head to Head

    Town have had slightly the better of Huddersfield in the past, winning 29 of the 74 meetings between the two sides. There have been 22 draws, with the Terriers winning on 23 occasions. Town have only won 2 of the last 8 meetings, but are unbeaten in the previous 3.

    P 74 W 29 D 22 L 23 F 105 A 94

    Huddersfield Head-to-Head (33rd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Huddersfield 0-0 Grimsby (Tuesday 6th March 2001)

    Town keeper Danny Coyne earned Town a point on a chilly March evening 6 years ago, he made saves to foil Terriers strikers Martin Smith and Kevin Gallen on a number of occasions. Town had chances of their own however, with Daryl Clare missing two clear-cut chances, but Martin Smith headed wide in the dying seconds from a Simon Baldry cross.

     Report

    Prediction

    Mariners 3-1 Huddersfield

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