Three changes to starting XI
Jonathan Stead makes the first start in his second spell at Huddersfield Town in one of three changes to the starting line-up for tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off at home to Charlton Athletic.
Stead, who was named ‘Man of the Match’ as a second-half substitute following Saturday afternoon’s draw with Doncaster Rovers, replaces Northern Ireland international Martin Paterson in tonight’s team.
Elsewhere Paul Dixon (pictured) returns to the team after a seven game absence; the Scotsman replaces Calum Woods in the eleven, which means Adam Hammill will return to right wing-back.
The final change comes in midfield, where birthday boy Sean Scannell takes the place of Oliver Norwood. This switch will probably see Scannell play in a more advanced midfield role, with Adam Clayton dropping back to play alongside Jonathan Hogg. It is Scannell’s first home start of the season.
The Terriers are expected to start in their 3-5-2 formation again this evening, with goalkeeper Alex Smithies targeting a third clean sheet of the season behind centre backs Joel Lynch, Anthony Gerrard and Captain Peter Clarke.
Adam Clayton – who is making his 50th League start for Huddersfield Town tonight – will play alongside Jonathan Hogg in central midfield, flanked by wing-backs Paul Dixon on the left and Adam Hammill on the right.
Sean Scannell is expected to play in the more advanced central midfield role behind strikers Jonathan Stead and James Vaughan.
International clearance has today been granted for loan signing Jazz Richards, who is among the substitutes tonight.
Town’s team vs. Charlton Athletic:
1. Alex Smithies
3. Paul Dixon
5. Peter Clarke (c)
6. Jonathan Hogg
7. Sean Scannell
8. Adam Clayton
9. James Vaughan
12. Adam Hammill
14. Jonathan Stead
33. Joel Lynch
39. Anthony Gerrard
Ian Bennett, Calum Woods, Oliver Norwood, Oscar Gobern, Martin Paterson, Jazz Richards, Daniel Carr