Two changes to starting XI
Oscar Gobern makes his first start in nine games in one of two changes to the starting eleven for today’s Sky Bet Championship game at home to Reading; 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The former Southampton midfielder is making his 50th league appearance for Huddersfield Town today in place of Jonathan Hogg, who misses out with a hip problem.
The other change sees Martin Paterson return from the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Unfortunately, Pato’s restoration to the starting line-up is offset by the loss of top scorer James Vaughan to injury.
Vaughan’s absence means that goalkeeper Alex Smithies captains the side in the 200th appearance of his domestic career behind an unchanged back three of Joel Lynch, Anthony Gerrard and Tommy Smith.
Paul Dixon will once again be deployed as left wing-back with Adam Hammill on the right; they will flank the central midfield trio of Oscar Gobern, Adam Clayton and the Blue & White Foundation’s November Player of the Month Oliver Norwood.
Up front, the returning Martin Paterson will partner Danny Ward, who reaches a century of Huddersfield Town appearances today.
Town’s team vs. Reading:
1. Alex Smithies (c)
3. Paul Dixon
4. Oliver Norwood
8. Adam Clayton
10. Oscar Gobern
11. Danny Ward
12. Adam Hammill
17. Martin Paterson
27. Tommy Smith
33. Joel Lynch
39. Anthony Gerrard
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