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8 February 2014

Four changes to starting XI

In his 50th game as Manager of Huddersfield Town, Mark Robins has made four changes to his starting XI to face Wigan Athletic.

After missing six games due to a groin injury, Wales international Joel Lynch returns to the side at centre back to make the 200th start of his career; he replaces Murray Wallace. 

Elsewhere leading assist maker Adam Hammill also returns to the side – he is making his 150th League start after a two game absence due to a knee injury. Adam replaces Calum Woods at right wing-back.

The third change comes in midfield. After a three game layoff with a hip issue, Jonathan Hogg returns to the side in place of Oscar Gobern, who drops out of the match day 18 completely. 

Robins’ fourth change sees fit-again top scorer James Vaughan partner Club record signing Nahki Wells in attack – it’s the first time that pairing has started a game together. Vaughan replaces Danny Ward in the 11.

The Terriers are expected to line up in their customary 3-5-2 formation this afternoon, meaning ‘keeper Alex Smithies skippers the side behind centre halves Joel Lynch, Anthony Gerrard and Tommy Smith. 

Paul Dixon makes his 50th League start for the Club at left wing-back with Adam Hammill on the opposite side; they flank central midfielders Oliver Norwood, Adam Clayton and Jonathan Hogg.

In attack, James Vaughan – 12 goals this season – partners Nahki Wells, who has netted 17 goals for a combination of Town and former club Bradford City this term.

Town’s team vs. Wigan Athletic:
1. Alex Smithies (c)
3. Paul Dixon
4. Oliver Norwood
6. Jonathan Hogg
8. Adam Clayton
9. James Vaughan
12. Adam Hammill
21. Nahki Wells
27. Tommy Smith
33. Joel Lynch
39. Anthony Gerrard

Ian Bennett, Calum Woods, Peter Clarke, Sean Scannell, Danny Ward, Keith Southern, Joe Lolley

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