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8 August 2012

Midfielder ready for Championship challenge

Adam Clayton believes that he and his teammates are ready for the start of the Championship following the conclusion of their pre-season campaign against Barcelona tonight.

The midfielder played in a trio alongside Oliver Norwood and Keith Southern and was at the heart of a number of Town attacks.

“It was a good run-out, when we had the ball!” Laughed Clayton.

“We played some decent football and probably could have scored a couple of goals. It was a good game for us to have before the start of the season because we won’t come against a team like that in the Championship, who use and keep the ball so well.”

After a slow start the Terriers enjoyed equal amounts of possession in the first half and went close late in the half through Lee Novak.

“For 65 minutes I thought we did quite well at keeping the ball out and I don’t think Alex (Smithies) had a save to make really before they scored. It was a good night’s work,” said Clayton.

“We can’t wait for the season to start now, we are ready to go. The team is raring to go. The camaraderie within the squad is brilliant and the coaching staff keeps everyone happy – it is a good place to be. We have a tough start, but that is the Championship, that is why all the fans went to watch at Wembley because of the challenge that lied ahead if they were successful. Personally I can’t wait for the season to start, I have had two months away from competitive football and I can’t wait to be back out on the grass, scoring goals.”

Winger Sean Scannell caught the eye with a number of tricky runs and Clayton is expecting good things of his teammate this season.

“I didn’t really know too much about Sean when I joined the Club, he got sent off against us when I was at Leeds last season. He has impressed me a lot this pre-season, but he just needs to shoot a bit more, which I keep telling him to do. Hopefully he will be able to reach double figures this season, as will I, and it will take a bit of the pressure off the strikers.”

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