Q&A With Huddersfield Town

  • November 28, 2014 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 99th meeting between Bolton and Huddersfield Town, we have got the views of a Terriers supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Blackpool last Saturday, while Huddersfield were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Simon Micklethwaite (@simonmick1) - a Huddersfield supporter of 31 years, who lists Duncan Shearer and Andy Booth among his favourite ever players.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Simon shares his views on the job Chris Powell has done in his brief time at the club, where he is likely to take them this season, as well as which Wanderers players are likely to pose a threat to his team at Macron Stadium.

Q: What's your opinion on the job Chris Powell has done so far? Who is the better manager, in your opinion - Simon Grayson, Mark Robins or Powell?

A: So far, I'd have to say Chris Powell - but it's early days. He's made a solid start, got the team more organised and harder to beat. He's been helped in the transfer market, though, with the signings of Mark Hudson and Grant Holt - two experienced leaders, which we lacked under Mark Robins.

Robins tried to play nice football, but we were on a real slump when he left and the chance was necessary. We now play a bit more direct, but it's proving more effective.

Grayson got us into the Championship but struggled the following season and we were heading for relegation, so, again, the change was necessary.

Q: You sit mid-table on 14 points. Is that were you expect to finish?

A: Mid-table would be slow but steady progress after the last two seasons of fighting off relegation, so I think most Huddersfield fans would take that.

Realistically, I think with the wage bill and squad as it is, mid-table would be a decent season.

Powell is ambitious enough to 'over achieve' and take the team higher. If we are in the top-half come February/March, we may have an outside chance of the play-offs.

Q: Gus Poyet's son, Diego, is highly rated. He's currently on loan at Huddersfield from West Ham United - how has he done for you and do you hope to extend the month-long deal?

A: I've heard Poyet is highly rated, but he's only played one game for us so it's hard to make a judgement.

He was steady on his debut - he puts his foot in and keeps possession well. Hopefully there is plenty more to come in the next few games.

Q: Who has been the star attraction on the Huddersfield team sheet so far this season?

A: The star man for Huddersfield would have to be Sean Scannell, who is very talented but a real enigma in his time here.

To be fair to him, I don't think Robins ever fancied him. He was in and out of the team, but since Powell has taken over he has played every game and seems to thrive on the confidence shown in him. On his day, he's a match winner - strong and quick, with good feet.

Jacob Butterfield is another talented player, who can create and score goals. Again, he seems to be thriving in playing regular football.

Grant Holt can be awkward for defences. Nakhi Wells is a goalscorer, given the chance, but he's been used from the substitutes' bench in quite a few recent games.

Q: Which Wanderers players are the Huddersfield worried about the most?

A: Neil Lennon seems to have lifted the club, so it looks like being a tough game.

I think Bolton have some talented players, which, for some reason, were underperforming for the previous manager.

Lee Chung-Yong and Mark Davies should both be stand-out players in the Championship. Joe Mason is a useful player, but it's obvious you would like another striker.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: I think it will be a close-fought game, with not a huge amount between the teams.

I'll go for a 1-1 draw.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Simon for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @simonmick1.

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