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LILLIS: WE WILL GIVE IT OUR BEST SHOT

11 February 2013

Mark previews Leicester replay

Mark Lillis wants his injury-hit Town to give it their best shot when they travel to Leicester on Tuesday night.

The Terriers are without a number of key first team players and are likely to field a younger side for the Fourth Round replay. 

“There might be a few of the young lads who get a chance tomorrow night and what a great stage for them to represent the Club. The game is on TV and we want to give it a go,” said Lillis.

The likes of Jordan Sinnott, Chris Atkinson, Matt Crooks and Under-18 midfielder Duane Holmes are all waiting in the wings.

“Peter Clarke isn’t ready to play yet, neither is Lee Novak,” continued Lillis. “James Vaughan had his tooth knocked out on Saturday, so he is a doubt as well. We need to keep an eye on our upcoming Championship games as well; we have also got one or two who are suffering with a little virus.”

Despite the selection problems that Lillis faces, he is confident that the Terriers can progress to the next round at the expense of the Foxes. 

“It is a very tough game, but we are going into the match confident that we can win. If we get through tomorrow night we have got a good game against Premier League Wigan to look forward to. We have had a head count this morning following the game to see what squad we can pick because Saturday was a hard shift.

“Nigel (Pearson) will know that we have got a team that works hard. The Club isn’t in turmoil and no one is unsettled; everyone is focused on playing for the Club and the shirt. The players have responded to me over the last three weeks and I hope that continues.”

He added: “We will have to prepare the team like we did for the games against Leicester and Crystal Palace because sometimes you have to stop the opposition playing before you can. Leicester has got a great squad of players and Nigel is doing a great job there. We need to embrace the night; we are away from home and we should have a decent following and we need to give it our best shot.”

Lillis received more praise after Saturday’s stalemate with league leaders Cardiff and Town’s caretaker manager has been delighted with the response from the fans.

“I was very proud of the players, the Club and the fans. We put a good shift in and got an excellent point against a top team.

“I have said before that if you put a good shift in the fans will applaud you and that was the case on Saturday. The fans showed their appreciation and when they do get behind you, it is a great feeling. 

“I don’t know if it will be my last game,” he continued. “If I leave this role and the players have worked hard, are playing for their shirt and have put points on the board then I have done a decent job. It is about the Club, though, and when the new guy comes in I will be here to help him more forward with the players.”

Town fans can pay on the gate at the King Power Stadium; adults £10 and £5 concessions! 

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