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22 November 2013

Striker and interim captain ready to lead from the front

James Vaughan will lead the Terriers out at Hillsborough in his return to the side as Captain.

After 11 goals in 14 games this season, the striker has missed the last three games since his dismissal at Leicester over a month ago.

It is a timely boost for the Terriers after back-to-back defeats and Vaughan is itching to get back into the side.

He said: “It’s been a nightmare to be honest, nobody likes missing games and I’ve missed three, obviously it’s been a while with the international break as well, so I’m chomping at the bit to get back in.

“I was devastated, I had let my team mates down, so the first thing to do was apologise and then it was a case of getting my head down and making sure I am right for tomorrow.

“Everyone saw what happened and I let the lads down, so I won’t let that happen again. It was one of those things and I will learn from it.”

With Club Captain Peter Clarke set for a three-month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, Vaughan is stepping in as the leader of the side; something he already feels accustomed to.

“The Manager had a chat with me last week and asked me what I thought about it, and obviously I’m really happy and looking forward to it.

“I’m always quite outspoken on the pitch and try and help the lads out, so it won’t be different in that sense but I will be wearing the armband, which is different.

“It’s down to us all out there to show our maturity and go out there and try and win the game.

“I think the lads will trust me and I am looking to lead by example. It’s a big responsibility and an honour that the Manager has chosen me and I’m really excited about the challenge.”

Town ran out 3-1 victors in their last visit to Hillsborough last September and a similar result tomorrow could take them back up to mid table, whilst a defeat would leave Vaughan and co looking over their shoulders ahead of the Burnley game next week. 

“I’m really looking forward to it, the atmosphere is always good at Hillsborough and it’s a local derby so we are going into the game looking for three points.

“I like scoring goals like any striker will tell you and tomorrow will be no different. I am going out there and hopefully I can get some goals for the team.”

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