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Preview: Huddersfield v Grimsby

By: Alex Green
Date: 30/11/2007

WITH Town winning their first game in the FA Cup in what was fast approaching a decade. Grimsby travel across the border to Huddersfield hoping a for a win to take them to the 3rd round and a draw against a money spinning team, most probably Colchester away

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The Opposition

Overview

League One Huddersfield Town managed by Andy Ritchie (left) entertain us as they flirt with mid table obscurity, after jumping between all of the football leagues in the past few years with startling urgency. The Terriers though seem to finally have a found a level they're comfortable at in League One and with a new stadium name (it just doesn't sound right) they will hope to progress and establish a good position to attack the play-offs in late April and May. Since being tonked by us earlier this year Huddersfield have struggled to keep the goals out as they also managed to lose 3-0 to Northampton, Tranmere and Walsall by 4-0. Since then they have steady the ship with a run of 4 straight wins and only a defeat to Leyton Orient to their name last week.

The Team
The team may sound very familiar and that’s because it is folks with Andy Booth, Danny Cadamateri and Frank Sinclair (left) all donning the blue and white stripes. They are joined by former Mariner, on-loan striker Phil Jevons from Bristol City. With the experience of Sinclair at the back and a fast backline of youngsters including Skarz and Mirfin you would think Huddersfield could count on a sturdy defence but alas no with 12 goals conceded at home (1 more then town) and 15 away not including the four we slotted past them earlier in the season expect Town to create chances, let's just hope some of them find the back of the net.

Key Player
Huddersfield have an ageing but impressive front pairing of Luke Beckett and local hero Andy Booth but with only 6 between them both goals have had to come from elsewhere. With Jevons introduced manager Andy Ritchie will hope the scouser will add the spark that’s needed. Whoever plays alongside him Beckett will have a responsibility to add the fire power. With four to his name so far the well travelled forward has the experience to get that extra yard in front of goal and is one for the defence to keep a close eye on.

Recent Form

TownHuddersfield
WBarnet(a)3-0
WCarlisle (FAC)(h)1-0
LMorecambe(h)1-2
DDoncaster (JPT)(h)2-2 (5-4p)
DCarlisle (FAC)(a)1-1
Currently 22nd in League Two.
WLeyton Orient(h)1-0
LSwansea(a)0-1
WAccrington (FAC)(a)3-2
WHartlepool(h)2-0
WPort Vale(h)3-1
Currently 13th in League One.

Top Scorers

TownHuddersfield
Ciaran Toner4
Paul Bolland4
Beckett5
Kamara5

Team News

TownHuddersfield

  • Butler (hamstring) is still unavailable. Whittle (ankle) and Bolland (thigh) should both be fit enough for the bench.

  • Loanees Atkinson and Hird have both been permission to play in the FA Cup game.

  • Danny Boshell is still suspended from the sending off against Morecambe.

  • Keeper Phil Barnes is available again after illness but may have to settle for a place on the bench due to the form of Gary Montgomery.
  • Huddersfield striker Phil Jevons, on loan from Bristol City, has finally been given permission by Bristol City to play in the FA Cup. Jevvo of course used to be a Grimsby player for two troubled years and one good one.
  • Probable Teams

    TownHuddersfield
    G13Montgomery
    D5Bennett
    D6Fenton
    D24Atkinson
    M14Hird
    M7Till
    M4Hunt
    M10Toner
    M3Newey
    F9North
    F19Jones
    G27Glennon
    D13Sinclair
    D5Mirfin
    D6Nathan Clarke
    D3Skarz
    M15Kamara
    M2Holdsworth
    M16Wallwork
    M11Schofield
    F9Cadamarteri
    F18Beckett

    Subs

    TownHuddersfield
    2Clarke
    15Whittle
    17Hegarty
    20Taylor
    12Rankin
    Smithies, Brandon, Killock, Collins, Young
    28Smithies
    7Brandon
    31Killock
    4Collins
    14Jevons

    Head to Head

    Although the two teams haven't met much in recent years Huddersfield are in fact Grimsby's 6th most common opponent. Town just have the edge overall, but have only won one of out the last 11 away games.

    P 75 W 30 D 22 L 23 F 109 A 95

    Huddersfield Head-to-Head (29th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 4 Huddersfield 1 (Tue 04th September 2007)

    You only have to go back to September for one of Town's few victories of the season so far for the last game. The Terriers were dispatched with ease in the JPT Trophy game at Blundell Park with goals from Fenton, Rankin, Toner and Till cancelling out Collins's early goal.

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    Prediction

    Huddersfield 2-3 Grimsby

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