Hay battling for chance to play in the First Team

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 07/08/2001
Scottish striker Chris Hay could be ready to end his lengthy exile from first team duty following his two-goal blast against Grimsby.Hay battling for chance to play in the First Team

Hay gave manager Lou Macari a timely reminder of his talents on Friday night at Blundell Park by scoring either side of the break in the 2-0 victory.

The Scot has featured on a regular basis during Town?s pre-season programme and could find himself in contention for a starting role against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Macari needs a strike partner for Andy Booth if Delroy Facey fails to recover from the back injury he suffered against Manchester City last week.

And only has untried youngster Nat Brown, Danny Schofield and Paul Macari as cover with Martin Smith still sidelined by a knee injury.

Macari said: "Chris had a good goalscoring record in the reserve side at Celtic and continued it when he joined Swindon.

"But it all dried up when he joined us, so it?s good to see him back amonst the goals.

"We?re looking to everybody at the moment and hopefully the two goals he scored on Friday will have fired his confidence."

Hay, a ?70,000 signing from Swindon in March 2000, found first team chances at the McAlpine limited last season.

He failed to make a single start under Macari after the Scot took over the managerial reigns from Steve Bruce in October.

The striker managed only two full starts in both Worthington Cup games against Oldham Athletic at the very start of the season.

Both Kevin Gallen and fellow frontman Smith combined to keep Hay out of the starting line-up early on in the campaign.

And the emergence of youngster Facey during December pushed him further down the pecking before Andy Booth arrived on the scene in March to restrict his chances even further.

But Hay surprisingly found himself included in Macari?s first team thoughts during Town?s run-in towards relegation.

Although twice named as a substitute for games against West Brom and Wimbledon in April he was unused in both games.

Macari added: "Chris is an option up front for us but we?ll just see how the game against Bradford goes tomorrow and just take it from there."


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