Huddersfield bring familiar faces to Pool

Simon Grayson and Peter Clarke
Simon Grayson and Peter Clarke
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SHOULD the Huddersfield Town coach driver forget his sat-nav this evening, he’ll have no problems finding Bloomfield Road.

The Terriers arrive on the Fylde coast with some of the most famous names of Blackpool FC’s recent history.

Aside from manager Simon Grayson, who played almost 150 times for the Tangerines before enjoying three years as boss, they can turn to Keith Southern and Peter Clarke.

Clarke was the shining light of a very dull spell for the club last decade.

He would often save the day during almost 100 appearances for the club before his shock move to Southend in 2006.

And in Southern, tonight’s game sees the return of a club legend. The popular midfielder spent 10 years at Bloomfield Road, playing in League One, The Championship and the Premier League.

But this evening’s game isn’t just a chance to reminisce. Huddersfield come into the game on the back of two very decent wins.

Last week’s 1-0 win at home to Derby was followed by a 3-1 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Despite their good form, Grayson knows tonight will be a totally different prospect.

“Blackpool have got players operating to a very high standard, and Bloomfield Road is a difficult place to go, so we will be tested to the full,” said Grayson.

“A lot of teams can’t deal with Blackpool’s movement and rotation in midfield and up front, and they’ve definitely got goals in them, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

“Our players know they will have to be on their guard, and on top of their game, because Blackpool have turned over some good teams already, 
and are favourites to go up.

“They’ll also be aware we have some good players who can cause them problems, as well.”

Huddersfield are being forced into at least one change tonight, with regular centre-half Joel Lynch starting a three-match ban.

Town have decided not to appeal his red card from the 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, meaning he will sit out tonight and the home double against Watford and Leicester.

Anthony Gerrard will make his full debut for the club after signing for Cardiff last month.

“Anthony has been waiting patiently for his opportunity,” said Grayson. “He is a player I’ve been after for the last 18 months and spent money on because I like the way he plays.

“He’s wholehearted, he’s an organiser and a leader and he will come into the team with the opportunity to influence things and grasp the opportunity.”

Former Blackpool loan star Adam Hammill, on loan at Huddersfield from Wolves, will miss out, due to a knee injury.