Simon glad to finish 2012 on home soil
Town Manager Simon Grayson is hoping his side can record back to back victories in the next week to help propel his side back into the Play-Off mix.
Town were last on home soil on December 8 when a late James Vaughan equaliser earned them a point against Bolton. Since then the Terriers have recorded just one point from two away trips to Hull City and Crystal Palace respectively.
The Terriers face Blackpool on Boxing Day and then finish 2012 against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
“It is ideal to be back at home over the festive period,” commented Simon. “Preparations for those two games started straight after the Crystal Palace game with the players getting their bodies ready by doing a proper warm down. The games come thick and fast over the next few days and we are looking to get back to back victories, which will act as a springboard for the rest of the season.
Simon added: “I think you could see signs in the Crystal Palace display and also in our last home game against Bolton that we are getting back to how we played at the start of the season. We need to find some consistency, though. I will have some selection problems in defence, but we are looking forward to the test and want to give the fans something to shout about.”
Grayson will definitely be without defender Joel Lynch for the clash with the Seasiders after he collected his fifth caution of the season against Palace. Lynch’s absence paves the way for either Peter Clarke to regain his place against his former Club or for Murray Wallace to make his first appearance in a Huddersfield Town shirt.
The defender, who joined Town permanently in the summer, has been impressive in Steve Eyre’s Under-21 squad and also in a number of the Club’s reserve games; he has also featured on the bench regularly this season.
“Murray has played in as many games as the other first team lads because of the amount of reserve and development games that he has featured in,” said Simon.
“He has played a lot for the Under-21s recently and he also played in a reserve game at Burnley last week. He will be ready and I am sure if he gets an opportunity he will look forward to it – it is a massive chance for him.”