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Huddersfield Vs Birmingham

Huddersfield Town
vs.
Birmingham City

John Smith's Stadium

09/11/13

15:00

Jonathan Hogg is doubtful for the home clash against Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Oscar Gobern replaced him at the DW Stadium and is on standby

Cristian Lopez could be included in the squad following his return from a loan spell at Shrewsbury as leading goalscorer James Vaughan sits out the last game of his three-match ban.

Vital Quotes: Mark Robins

"It is a great game to look forward to and another home game where we have been doing particularly well'

Birmingham are a very capable side, which they have proven this season. They will come here feeling a little bit under pressure because they dropped into the bottom three, but at the same time they have got some good players who can turn things around for them."

We would have liked a few more points, but if you go back and look at the games where we have dropped points, the majority are against teams in the top half of the division. It is something that we have to rectify; it is almost a mental block where we have done well, but come up short.

"We have come a long way, though, and they players have improved and are trying to pass the ball and play attractive football,"

Huddersfield Town Team News:

Joel Lynch & Jon Hogg face late fitness tests.

Martin Paterson will be left out.

Adam Clayton & Gerrard are hoping for a recall

Player to watch: Adam Hammill

Towns form player and best attacking threat

Birmingham City Team News:

On-loan Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard is back in the squad that travels to Huddersfield after recovering from a knee injury.

Mitch Hancox has also recovered from an illness that caused him to miss the game against Charlton although David Murphy (knee), Jonathan Spector (thigh), Neal Eardley (knee) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) are all still out of action.

Wade Elliott serves the second game of a three game ban after being sent off in the game against Stoke.

Player to watch: Jesse Lingard

Man Utd loan player is more than capable of scoring goals!

Match Facts & Stats

• This is the 95th league meeting; Huddersfield have won 34 of the previous 94, and Birmingham 33.

• Birmingham last beat the Terriers in May 2001 with a 2-1 second tier triumph on this ground, which sent Lou Marcari's Huddersfield down.

• Forward Jon Stead is poised to make his 400th club career appearance.

• The Terriers have failed to win six of their last seven league games, and have registered two wins in the last 10.

• Lee Clark is yet to record a victory against the club that sacked him in February 2012, after just over three years in charge.

Ref Watch:

Gavin Ward will be the man in the middle as Birmingham travel to Huddersfield, in Lee Clark's first return as manager since his dismissal by The Terriers. This is the surrey based officials 7th season at National List level and his second game at Championship level this season. He last officiated a Town match last season as Brighton hammered Town 4-1 at the Amex Stadium, and has take a total of 6 Huddersfield games to date. Ward last officiated a home victory for Brum as then ran out 1-0 winners over Peterborough. Ward has taken in 12 games this season brandishing 32 yellow cards & 3 early baths! Full Match Officials Referee: Mr Gavin Ward (Surrey) Assistant: Mr Mark Astley (Manchester) Assistant: Mr Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) Fourth Official: Mr Philip Dermott (Lancashire)

Match Prediction:

Huddersfield 3-2 Birmingham

Next Fixtures:

SAT 23 (A) Sheff WED (ON SKY)


Writer:Terrier24
Date:Saturday November 9 2013
Time: 1:31PM

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