Date:Saturday March 31 2012
31 March 2012
Huddersfield Town travel to Brunton Park, Carlisle, for a vital league one fixture in the nPower league one promotion race.
The Cumbrians have promotion hopes of their own as they look to cement a play-off berth.
Currently in 6th position and 10 points behind fourth placed Town, Carlisle have a 3 point cushion over 7th placed Stevenage.
They will be looking to extend that today or at least preserve it, whilst Huddersfield will be aiming to keep the pressure on Sheffield United & Wednesday as we aim for the top two positions.
So with all that said it makes today's game a very intersting one, I think it will be a tight run affair with probably a goal winning it either way, hopefully it will be The Terriers that are celebrating 3 points later on today.....
"We know we are in for a tough game at the weekend against Carlisle, who are in the Play-Off positions at this moment in time. They are a good team that has been there or there-abouts over the last few years. I watched them at MK Dons the other night and it was a great result for them; they have a hard-working team and Greg Abbott has done a good job up there.
'I've known Greg from his time in the Academy at Leeds before he went up there and he's done a good job. I've led many teams against him and for Carlisle to be up and around the Play-Offs is a great job.
'We will respect the opposition no matter who we play, whether it's home or away, but we can beat anybody on our day. I'm sure there will be a good Town following on Saturday and we'll go there in good spirits looking to win the match. If we show the same attitude, commitment and quality as last weekend we won't go far wrong.'
'It's down to the players more than me. I try and organise the players on the training pitch and pick the right players for the team we are playing against, but it's down to the players to show what they are capable of doing. They have shown through the course of the season that they are more than capable of beating anybody on their day and all we've done is tweak a few things. The players should have confidence because they have the ability to see a job through.
'At this stage of the season you're not doing too much training anyway - you're keeping the players ticking over. The games are coming thick and fast, so we're preparing properly. We're going down to Leyton Orient on Monday, staying over and coming back on Wednesday; we'll then prepare properly for the Sheffield Wednesday game before flying down to Bournemouth on the Sunday.
'We've been backed by the Chairman to do our preparation properly and that will give us the best opportunity. The players know what they need to do away from the ground too.'
Paul Thirwell (Calf) & Matty Robson (back)could be available for Carlisle after injuries.
Thirwell has missed the last seven games, while Robson has been on the sidelines since January.
Sunderland loanee Jordan Cook is hoping for his first start.
Danny Livesey is expected to keep ex-Leeds centre back Lubo Michalik on the bench.
The Town academy product, who many think we shouldn't have let go, will be looking to put one over on his boyhood team today.
Tommy Miller has trained all week but is not expected to feature today.
Oscar Gobern is also a doubt after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Gary Naysmith (knee) is also missing as is fellow veteran Damien Johnson (hamstring)
Stoke City loanee Diego Arismendi is expected to continue in midfield after impressing on his full debut against league leaders Charlton
The on-Loan Reading defender has been superb in recent weeks and has formed a great partnership with skipper Peter Clarke.
Today will require all of their hard work to protect Alex Smithies.
Last Meeting: npower League 1.
Friday 30 December 2011.
Huddersfield 1 (Jordan Rhodes 38) 1 Carlisle (Liam Noble 8)
Nigel Miller is the referee
Carlisle 0-1 Huddersfield
Tue 3rd (A) Leyton Orient
Sat 7th (H) Sheffield Wednesday
Mon 9th (A) Bournemouth
Sat 14th (A) Preston
Sat 21st (H) Scunthorpe
Sat 28th (A) Walsall
Sat 5th (H) Yeovil Town
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