Q&A With Huddersfield Town

  • December 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 100th 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 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day, while Huddersfield held Rotherham United to a 2-2 draw at the New York Stadium.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Simon Micklethwaite (@simonmick1) - a Huddersfield supporter of 31 years, whose first game was a 2-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic in the 1980s. He lists Duncan Shearer and Andy Booth among his favourite ever players.

Ahead of Sunday's game, Simon shares his views on the recent meeting between the two clubs, Neil Lennon's claims that Bolton are contenders for the play-offs, as well as why Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen can still strike fear in to opposition defences.

Q: Huddersfield's form has dipped in recent weeks, with just one win to show from their last eight games. What seems to be the issue?

A: Huddersfield's form has dipped lately and I think it's been down to a combination of different factors.

We've played okay in patches, but, generally, we haven't been ruthless enough at both ends of the field. We've missed a lot of chances in games that have then been punished at the other end - the game against Bolton being a good example, where chances were missed in the first half that needed to be taken.

I don't think we're too far away, but, undeniably, we need three or four better quality players in the January transfer window.

Q: One defeat in that run came at Macron Stadium last month, in a closely-contested game that could have gone either way. What did you make of Neil Lennon's Wanderers that night?

A: It was a close-fought game, typical of the Championship.

We really needed to score in that first half, when we were on top. We didn't and Bolton were definitely the better team in the second half, running out worthy winners in the end.

Q: Sean Scannell and Grant Holt were central to everything going forward in that game. Will they still be the main men, or has somebody else come in to form?

A: I doubt Holt will play on Sunday, as he picked up a knock in the draw against Rotherham United on Boxing Day. It would have been his last game before returning to Wigan Athletic.

What we have in his place is James Vaughan, who is one of the most injury-plagued players I've ever known. But there is no doubt that, on his day, he can cause teams problems at this level. He scored at Rotherham and I'm hoping he carries on that form against Bolton.

Scannell will play, Nahki Wells may also play. But that is down to the manager.

Q: Last month, you picked out Lee Chung-Yong, Mark Davies and Joe Mason as our star men. With Davies and Mason missing through injury, and Chung-Yong suffering from a bout of flu, who else worries you when looking at the Bolton teamsheet?

A: Emile Heskey has to be the main 'worry' from a Huddersfield perspective.

Many thought he was finished at this level, but he scored on Friday and may well feel like he has a point to prove after being written off.

Eidur Gudjohnsen is quality, as well - or at least he was a few years back. These seem to be the main dangers to Huddersfield.

Q: Neil Lennon has tasted defeat just twice since coming through the doors in October and has set his sights on a late-season push towards the top-six. Is he being overambitious, or is the prospect a realistic one?

A: I think Lennon is a top-quality manager. Many at Huddersfield wanted him here before Chris Powell got the job. He's galvanised that squad, who were really struggling before his arrival.

The top-six looks realistic, but only if he gets financial backing in January. For the moment, he's doing a great job on very limited resources.

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

A: I hate to say it, but I'd go Bolton by the odd goal. Huddersfield desperately need a win, but Bolton seem to be on a roll right now.

When a team starts winning, it's difficult to stop that momentum. I hope I'm wrong!

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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