Town head to Reading
Huddersfield Town travel to Reading looking to record their first win on the road since the 2-1 success at Birmingham.
The Terriers’ away record since the victory hasn’t been great, with Mark Robins’ men picking up one point from a possible nine.
Reading haven’t won at home since the 28 January when they beat Blackpool 5-1. Since then they lost to Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn and Barnsley and drawn with Yeovil and Derby.
In the meeting in Huddersfield earlier this season Billy Sharp’s header was enough to earn the Royals a narrow victory.
Matt Foley and Jake Hillier
Fourth Official Graham Horwood
Barnsley (H) 1-3 (L)
Birmingham (A) 2-1 (W)
Derby (H) 0-0 (D)
Leeds (A) 4-2 (W)
Brighton (A) 1-1 (D)
Joel Lynch is Town’s only doubt. The defender returned to training this week after undergoing surgery on a groin problem.
Nigel Adkins made three changes for the visit of Barnsley in midweek. Midfielder Danny Guthrie was out and will be again this weekend through suspension. Garath McCleary replaced him with Jobi McAnuff moving to a central role.
Upfront, Nick Blackburn and Pavel Pogrebnyak started in place of Hal Robson-Kanu and Adam Le Fondre.
Former on loan Terrier Sean Morrison is unavailable. The powerful defender has been out for a while through injury, but is close to a return.
Nigel Adkins took the top job at Reading when he replaced Brian McDermott during the Royals’ Premier League campaign.
Under his management and backed by Russian owner Anton Zingarevich Reading were among the favourites to go straight back up into the top division.
To date he has won four promotions and three league titles in his time as a manager.
Since last meeting
Jonathan Henly – Oxford – Loan
Ryan Edwards – Tranmere – Loan
Dominic Samuel – Dagenham and Redbridge – Loan
Gozie Ugwu – Shrewsbury – Loan
McCarthy is regarded as one of the best young ‘keepers in the country and has been in superb form for Reading this term. He played 13 times during the Royals’ Premier League campaign and kept a clean sheet against Liverpool.
Alex Pearce has been a mainstay in the Reading defence for a number of seasons and had formed an excellent partnership with Morrison before the defender's injury. The 25 year-old is a product of the Club’s Academy setup and has made over 150 appearances.
McCleary is an exciting winger who can cause teams plenty of problems on his day. The former Nottingham Forest attacker has notched four this season, including a long range strike in the 1-1 draw with QPR.
Adam Le Fondre
The former Rochdale and Rotherham striker has 37 goals in 48 starts for the Royals, but has found himself coming off the bench regularly this season. His latest goals were over three months ago when he netted a hat trick against Blackpool.
If you are travelling along the M4 from the west you can see the stadium on your left. Leave the M4 at Junction 11, bear left on to the A33 relief road which leads you directly to the stadium. The Madejski Complex is well signposted from Junction 11.