Black Cats v The Terriers - Match Preview

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 22/09/2003
Huddersfield Town will be looking to go through to the third round of the Carling sponsered League Cup with a victory over Sunderland, a team they beat 2-0 at the McAlpine Stadium in pre-season. The task at hand may be a difficult one, though, as Sunderland have found form this season and are currently sitting in 9th position in Division One.Black Cats v The Terriers - Match Preview

Town, on the other hand, are currently sitting in 17th position in Division Three after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Swansea at the Vetch Field. The game saw both Paul Scott and Ian Hughes sent off. Thankfully, though, they will both be available for Tuesday night's match at the Stadium of Light.

The Terriers' defenders will have to keep a close eye on the Black Cats' goalkeeper, Mart Poom, when dealing with corners. Poom headed a superb injury-time goal for Sunderland against Derby County in their last match and, if he rises for the ball like he did against the Rams, then Town will have great difficulty dealing with him!

As far as injuries are concerned, Town are doing well. Nathan Clarke is still building up his fitness and should be available to play in the next couple of weeks. Andrew Holdsworth featured on the bench for Town against the Swans and should be fully fit for the game. Also, Nat Brown is now fully fit and impressed on Saturday after coming on as a substitute. However, Chris Holland is still recovering from his injury.

Sunderland will be without Gary Breen for the game after he suffered a groin strain in their 3-1 defeat against Stoke City on the 16th of this month. Stephen Wright may be fit after recovering from a minor injury.

The last time Town played Sunderland in competitive action was back in April 1999 where they lost 2-0 in a Division One match. Niall Quinn and Allan Johnston grabbed the goals that day. In the same season Sunderland got promotion to the Premiership finishing first in the league, eight points clear of second placed Bradford City. Town went on to finish tenth with 61 points. On that day Town fielded a lineup including Nico Vaesen, Marcus Stewart and Kilmarnock defender, Shaun Hessey, who came on as a substitute.

Stead vs. Stewart
Jon Stead is Town's top scorer with 7 goals whilst Marcus Stewart is Sunderland's top scorer with 4. When the Black Cats played the Terriers in pre-season Stead got on the scoresheet with a sublime header. Marcus Stewart, however, didn't get a look in with Scott and Mirfin marking him out of the game superbly. A repeat performance would be very pleasing.

Probable Town Lineup:
Gray, Edwards, Scott, Mirfin, Hughes, Carss, Fowler, Worthington, Holdsworth, Booth, Stead

Garfield's Prediction: Seeing as though Town always seem to do the unexpected, I'm going to go for a 2-1 victory with Booth getting a goal.


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