Huddersfield face tough Seaside test
Amex Community Stadium
Saturday 02 March
HUDDERSFIELD travel to Brighton looking to secure back to back wins for the first time since October.
They couldn't have asked for a tougher task, with 26,000 expected at the Amex Community Stadium expecting a Brighton win to keep up their play-off hopes.
Ironically both sides last victory came over Burnley with 1-0 victories, Huddersfield have picked up 4 points from their last two games and now have 2 wins in the last 18 Championshi fixtures and have their eyes set on the mid-table positions which are only 3 points away at the start of the day.
Brighton in contrast are pushing at the business end of the season and they are unbeaten in their last 4 games, with three of those having been at home.
Huddersfield are boosted with the news that Danny Ward has been back running in training, but he is unlikely to feature today. Keith Southern and Jermaine Beckford remain a few weeks away from contention due to their injuries, but Oscar Gobern has proven a boost after he was declared fit after being forced off against Burnley after a clash of heads with James Vaughan.
Theo Robinson, on-loan from Derby, is expected to continue up-front with Lee Novak on the bench again.
It is widely expected that the Huddersfield team could remain unchanged which would mean that Jack Hunt would be on the bench once again.
Vital Quotes: Mark Robins
We have had two clean sheets and there have been a lot of positives during the last week. We still have got a long way to go because it isn`t brilliant to watch at the moment, but in fairness the players are giving everything that they have got. The supporters see that and appreciate that.
"We are looking to cause Brighton one or two problems and I believe we can do. It will be my first visit to The Amex Stadium and it looks like a fantastic place; they have done a great job. I am looking forward to pitting my wits against a manager who is well regarded who has got his team playing attractive football. He has got some very good players in his team who are very technically gifted. We can`t be overawed, we need to go down there and give a good account of ourselves - and we will do that.
"The clean sheets have pleased me the most recently because we have - when you look at the statistics - the worst defensive record in the league. Nobody is proud of that statistic and we all want to improve it. It isn`t just up to the defenders and the goalkeeper; everybody on the pitch has a role to play to try and keep the ball out of the net.
"If we continue to do what we did against Burnley then we will be a lot more solid."
Brighton Team News:
Will Buckley back after illness
Gordon Greer has passed a fitness test.
Andrew Crofts misses out with a hamstring injury.
Liam Bridcutt is suspended.
Player to watch: Craig Mackail-Smith
Th former Peterborough striker has been a thorn in Huddersfield's side for a few seasons now. Can Mark Robins newly disciplined defence deal with the tricky striker today?
Huddersfield Town Team News:
Keith Southern & Jermaine Beckford remain a few weeks away from selection.
Danny Ward is back in training but this game is expected to come too soon for him.
Oscar Gobern is passed fit despite needing stitches to a deep cut after a clash of heads with James Vaughan.
Lee Novak & Alan Lee are expected to be on the bench as Theo Robinson continues upfront with Vaughan.
Player to watch: Theo Robinson
Huddersfield will look to use the pace of Robinson on the break, hopefully today he has his shooting boots on
Match Facts & Stats
• Huddersfield have won two and drawn three of their last five visits to Brighton.
• Brighton have not lost a league game in which they have scored first, and have conceded only 34 goals
• Huddersfield have failed to score more than one goal in a Championship match since early December (Bolton)
• Huddersfield have gathered an unrivalled 26 Championship points when scoring fewer than two goals!
• Huddersfield have only registered one win against a top eight club, and one away point against the leading eight in the Championship table.
Referee: Gavin Ward Assistants: Paul Harris and Wes Linden Fourth Official: Mark Mellor
Brighton 3-1 Huddersfield
Tue 5 March (H) MBORO 19:45