Barnsley v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 09/05/2006
So it's down to the play-offs to decide our fate once again. Whether we'll be as successful as we were in 2004's League Two play-offs, I don't know, but what I do know is, Jacko's men will give it one hell of a shot in the fight to get in to the Championship!Barnsley v Huddersfield Town

There's nothing stopping Town going all the way again. None of the play-off teams are in outstanding form at the moment - all the teams are playing on a similar level and there's no-one to be scared of. In the end it will probably come down to who wants it the most and with Jackson's colourful character, I think it will be the Terriers who go roaring up a division, starting at Barnsley this Thursday.

The first leg of the semi final is at Oakwell, somewhat of a fortress to the Tykes, losing only one game there this season. However, their record away from home leaves much to be desired, losing nine games as well as drawing seven. This may well leave Town in a situation where they'll go to Barnsley looking for a draw and then finish them off at the Galpharm.

What's certain is that there will be a capacity crowd in both matches against the Tykes. Queues have been massive for the past few days with fans purchasing their tickets for Monday's second leg tie at the Galpharm Stadium. The ticket hotline has been jammed with the amount of fans phoning for tickets, also. Moreover, tickets for Thursday's game were selling fast.

Jackson is upbeat ahead of Thursday's game. He said: "We've had a terrific season and are disappointed not to go up automatically, but I want us to enjoy the play-offs and make the most of them.

"I've been in football for 27 years and those play-offs in 2004 were the time of my life. I want a repeat of that this time, the players want a repeat and I know our fans, who were magnificent down at Swindon, want a repeat as well.

"We don't want to throw away this wonderful opportunity.

"People will be thinking of Cardiff but, ahead of that, we've got two tough games against Barnsley with local pride, tension, excitement and so much more at stake. We're really looking forward to it and we'll be fully prepared.

"I rested some important people on Saturday and that will help us."

With Town winning 1-0 in the last encounter at the beginning of April, let's hope we can do a repeat of that on Thursday and Monday!

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