The odds are stacked against County as The Hatters host play-off certainties Huddersfield at Edgeley Park today.
Southampton and Colchester will be hoping for a County win as the two sides sit just outside the play-offs, with Town taking the final play-off place and sitting 6 points ahead of the two.
If The Terriers go with the form-book and the firmly-stacked odds for the match, they’ll be practically certain of that remaining play-off place after an impressive season.
For County it’s just about pride as 3500 Huddersfield fans make the trip down. Basically, we can’t let them out-sing us or embarrass us. And with 3400 of them and roughly 3400 of us, it’ll certainly be interesting.
Lee Clark, Huddersfield boss:
Stockport is a big game for us because we’ll be taking about 3,500 fans over and we want to give them a positive result and one that gets us a bit closer.’
‘We will totally respect them and I have a lot of time for Gary Ablett who I know from when he was at Liverpool and I was at Newcastle and I like him a lot. Hopefully we’ll win the football match and then we can share a beer after the game.’
County Team News:
Matty Mainwaring is out for the rest of the season with an ‘oddly displaced’ wrist bone – according to Roger Wylde – after a fall in training, just days after making his comeback from a broken leg.
Johnny Mullins may be available after sitting out last week with an illness. If he can’t make the side, Sam Barnes will again provide as cover.
Greg Tansey tore his thigh muscle in a 1-1 draw with Walsall a few weeks ago and misses out the last three games.
Player to watch: Erm…
Having seen this County side for the past three months, I can honestly say they’ve all been as ineffective as each other. Johnny Mullins is a shoe-in for Player of the Year but with the right-back a doubt for the match, I’ll say youngster Sam Barnes, who impressed in his debut last week.
Huddersfield Team News:
Ex-County target Lee Novak is ready to take a place on the Huddersfield bench after recovering from a knee injury. Jim Gannon was interested in bringing the striker to Edgeley Park at the start of the 2008/09 season, but a bid was rejected by his club at the time Gateshead.
Left-back Dean Heffernan has recovered from a dead leg to return to the side.
Player to watch: Jordan Rhodes
Huddersfield’s top scorer this season after signing from Ipswich is attracting interest from a number of higher clubs. Obviously eyes will have to be kept on the likes of Pilkington, Robinson and Novak with the array of attacking talent the Terriers have, but Rhodes has been in blistering form this season.
Match Facts & Stats
County – 13/2
Draw – 16/5
Huddersfield – 4/9
0-4/5/6 Huddersfield. Let’s just get this season out of the way.
Southend vs COUNTY
Saturday 1st May ’10