Liverpool legend Terry McDermott delighted to set up South coast base for Huddersfield Town
Mar 2 2010 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TERRY McDERMOTT has thanked chairman Dean Hoyle and chief executive Nigel Clibbens for funding the setting up of a South coast base for Town this week.
The full squad, including injury doubts Lee Peltier (ankle) and Antony Kay (calf) headed to Southampton yesterday.
Town are using the facilities of Premier League Portsmouth until Thursday, before a Friday morning session at Eastleigh.
The party will then head to Maidstone to make final preparations for Saturday’s game at Gillingham, by which time five of the previous six games will have been away from home.
“Returning to Huddersfield in between Southampton and Gillingham would have involved a lot of travelling,” said assistant manager McDermott.
“We’ll be balancing the training with a few other activities, because we don’t want the lads to be cooped up in a hotel.
“It’s a fantastic gesture from the chairman and chief executive, and stays like this don’t come cheap. But if it helps us win promotion, it will be justified!”
McDermott is predicting a tough test as Town aim to chalk up a fourth successive away win and stretch their unbeaten league run to 12 games.
“Southampton are a very good team,” he said.
“Their pitch is excellent, they have a very good manager in Alan Pardew and few sides relish going there.
“They are a top team and have made some significant investments. They have players who have featured in higher divisions and can pose problems.
“But some of our top performances away from home have been against the stronger sides, and if we can replicate them, there’s no reason why we can’t get what we want.”
Peltier and Kay both picked up their injuries during Saturday’s 2-2 derby draw with Leeds.
A scan showed right-back Peltier has avoided any major ankle damage.