Preview - Town vs Brentford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 11/09/2009
Town will be looking for a fourth straight win as Brentford are the visitors to the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow (3.00pm kick-off).Preview - Town vs Brentford
Town boss Lee Clark will be wanting to preserve Town's 100% home record so far and keep pressure on the leading pack, but Andy Scott's Brentford have started their life in League One well after being promoted last season as League Two champions.

Town's impressive 3-2 win over MK Dons at the Stadium:mk has pushed the Terriers up into 3rd place in League One with 13 points from 6 games and 5 points behind Leeds and Charlton. Brentford have picked up 9 points from 6 games, undefeated in August (2 wins and 3 draws) but lost last Saturday to pace-setters Charlton 2-0 at the Valley.

There has been a bit of history between the two clubs, specially in the play-offs back in 1995, in which Town beat Brentford in the play-off semi-final then going on to beat Bristol Rovers in the final. But the Bees got their revenge in 2002 beating Town 2-1 at Griffin Park to face Stoke City in the final, in which Stoke won.

Town striker Jordon Rhodes spent 14 games on loan at Brentford last season scoring 7 goals which helped the Bees secure the League Two championship.
Rhodes was voted the PFA League Two player of the year for his efforts.

In all competitions Brentford have won 20, Town have won 18 and 15 have ended in draws.
Matches at home against Brentford have slightly favoured Town win 10 wins, 8 draws and 8 Brentford victories.

The Last Visit
The last time Brentford visited Huddersfield was back in February 2007 and they ran out 2-0 winners. Struggling at the time, Jo Kuffour and Charlie Ide grabbed both goals that pilled on pressure on Town's under-fire manager at the time Peter Jackson.

Barring long-term injury to Tom Clarke, manager Lee Clark has no other injury or suspension worries.

Gary Roberts could push for a starting a place in the starting line-up after impressing coming off the bench at MK Dons.


Andy Scott rang the changes during the summer following the clubs promotion from League Two.
Most notable is Carl Cort, the former Wimbledon and Norwich striker who once cost Newcastle United £7million, signed on a free.
Scott signed a trio from Dagenham and Redbridge, Sam Saunders, Danny Forster and Ben Strevens.
Myles Weston signed from Notts County, Leon Legge from Tonbridge Angels, Alan Bennett signed from Reading after spending a season-long loan at Griffin Park, Nikki Bull from Aldershot and Steve Kabba from Watford all arrived on a free.
Cleveland Taylor signed for a undisclosed fee from Carlisle, James Wilson and Lewis Price joined on loan from Bristol City and Derby respectively.

The Bees had a clear-out to accommodate the new signings - Alan Connell (Bournemouth), Craig Pead (retired), Brett Johnson (AFC Wimbledon), Gary Smith (Darlington), Adam Newton (Luton), John Halls (Aldershot), Nathan Elder (Shrewsbury), Darren Powell (MK Dons), Glenn Poole (Grays) and Marvin Williams (released to join Torquay)

Moses Ademola has been allowed to join Woking on loan.

The news for tomorrow's game is that striker Charlie MacDonald is back from long-term injury and could be in the team to face Town, Ben Strevens is out with a broken leg that happened in pre-season.

Alan Bennett has missed two games with a groin injury but could be fit to face Town.

The Danger man - David Hunt
Joined from Shrewsbury Town halfway through last season, Hunt has made a big contribution to Brentford's recent success.
Has scored once this season and contributed two assists. Known for his engine and his set-pieces, Hunt isn't afraid to have a pop at goal.

Sean's Prediction
I predict a first clean sheet of the season, Town to win 3-0.


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