Essential reading on this weekend's opponents
Nickname: The Terriers
Manager: Chris Powell
Ground: John Smith’s Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 186 miles (3 hours 38 minutes)
Huddersfield ended a barren spell with a 2-1 victory over high-flying Brentford at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend.
Previously the Terriers had won only once in seven matches but Sean Scannell’s strike, plus Jake Bidwell’s own goal, ensured a victory that lifted them to 15th place in the Sky Bet Championship table.
“It was vital Town got back on track, not least because they were being sucked towards the relegation zone,” says Doug Thomson of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
“While recent results have been disappointing, performances have been reasonable. The main problem has been a failure to take chances, so it was good to see two goals go in.”
Ahead of their trip to Norfolk, Huddersfield have won just twice on the road in ten attempts and have lost their last three at Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Derby County.
Norwich lead the head-to-head record between the two teams with 12 wins to Town’s 11. City won 3-1 in west Yorkshire when they last met in March 2010.
Three former Canaries are in Huddersfield’s squad: Jacob Butterfield (2012-13), Grant Holt (2009-13) and James Vaughan (2011-13).
Chris Powell has admitted that he expects a busy January when the transfer window reopens next month.
The ex-Charlton manager believes there will be both incomings and outgoings at the John Smith’s Stadium as he aims to make his own mark on the playing squad.
“We will be busy in January for definite. We have to keep the team and the squad fresh,” he told the Examiner this week.
After a stellar 23-year professional playing career as a full-back for Southend United, Derby County and Charlton among the other clubs, Powell, who also earned five senior caps for England, was given his first permanent chance in management by the Addicks in 2011.
He guided them to the League One title in 2012 at the end of his first full season in charge but was dismissed in March due to differences with Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet.
Powell was appointed as Mark Robins’ replacement at the beginning of September.
“He has created a great team spirit and shown his skill in coming up with the tactics and formation to suit particular games,” reveals Thomson.
“He has made an impact around the town as well, so it’s so far, so good.”
Goalkeepers: Alex Smithies, Joe Murphy, Lloyd Allinson, Ed Wilczynski, Sam Guthrie.
Defenders: Paul Dixon, Mark Hudson (c), Anthony Gerrard, Murray Wallace, Jack Robinson, Tommy Smith, Joel Lynch, Lee Peltier, William Boyle, Joe Wilkinson, Joe Wright.
Midfielders: Jonathan Hogg, Jacob Butterfield, Conor Coady, Danny Ward, Adam Hammill, Duane Holmes, Jordan Sinnott, Oscar Gobern, Philip Billing, Sondre Tronstad, Jake Charles, Ben Holmes, Ben Atkinson, Radoslaw Majewski.
Forwards: Sean Scannell, James Vaughan, Grant Holt, Joe Lolley, Nahki Wells, Daniel Carr, Harry Bunn.
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Huddersfield Town, Saturday December 13
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