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27 December 2014

Town’s Manager discusses Sunday’s game with Bolton

Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell has today previewed Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship game at home to Bolton Wanderers; 3pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The game comes just 48 hours after Town’s 2-2 Yorkshire derby stalemate at Rotherham United and is the Club’s final fixture of 2014.

“I know it’s tradition but personally I think it is too quick,” Powell said of the two day turnaround. “However, it doesn’t change year in, year out and we’ll get on with it. We’ve dusted ourselves down and we’re ready to go again.”

On Sunday’s opponents Bolton, Powell commented: 

“They’ve signed Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey, who popped up with a goal on Boxing Day, since our last meeting (in late November). 

“I played with Emile in the England setup. We’ll have to deal with him and the rest of Bolton. 

“However, it doesn’t really matter who you’re playing in the Championship; it’s about what you do on the day. We need things to go for us and we’re looking to take the good aspects of what we did at Rotherham into the game.” 

Loanee Grant Holt was substituted through injury at the New York Stadium on Friday afternoon and Chris admitted he is monitoring the striker’s fitness closely.

“Grant’s stay ends after the final whistle of Sunday’s game and I don’t know if it will come too soon for him; we’re seeing how it settles down. He jarred it, but hopefully he didn’t twist it; we’ll have to wait and see.

“He’s done great for us in a lot of the games and he’s been a good character. We’ll have to see what happens in the future.” 

Another man who is being watched closely is Friday’s goal-scorer James Vaughan, who started his first game in over three months 

Chris explained: “We’ve also got to see how ‘Vaughany’ is – that’s another problem with the quick turnaround. He’s been out for a while and we want to build on his minutes, which he has been doing after a few substitute appearances.

“I thought he was unplayable at times on Friday. He showed exactly what he’s about. I want to keep him on the pitch and get into areas that we can create goals and chances for him. He did that on Friday and hopefully he’ll be up for selection on Sunday.”

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