Saturday, 24 November 2012

Huddersfield Town

Simon Grayson brings his promoted Huddersfield side to the Valley this afternoon and gives the Addicks a chance of a fourth successive Championship league win for the first time in five years. Victory would move Charlton to within a point of Town and nicely into the top half of the table.

First we must see them off and I am very hopeful. Grayson is struggling with injuries. Sean Scannell and Jermaine Beckford are both likely to miss out as does James Vaughan and Jimmy Spencer. I am sure their squad is strong enough for us to face a competitive team but we have Dale Stephens back, Ricardo Fuller ready and Manny Frimpong poised. As long as we don't suffer any misfortune in terms of sending offs or penalties etc, I am backing us to have too much for the Terriers and to be bouyant for Tuesday's encounter with struggling Peterborough. It will be interesting to see who Chris Powell starts with up front. Haynes n Hulse have been doing the business in recent weeks and may hold on to their starting spots with Ricardo Fuller used as an impact sub on his 350th professional appearance. I was assured yesterday that Frimpong will start, although I would be surprised given the Stole Solebakken excuse that he's not fit enough to play.

It's my wife's birthday today and after the game we are heading down to Rochester for a meal and overnight with her sister. That will taste a fraction better if we can also celebrate with three more points.

We should sell out for the New Den today. I bought an extra ticket yesterday and there weren't many left of the additional 600 provided. That would mean 3600 of us there next week to urge the side on and pray for a rare derby victory on foreign soil.

No comments: