Huddersfield Town boss ready for Norwich City challenge
Mar 12 2010 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
LEE CLARK sends Town into action against his old club Norwich City at the Galpharm tomorrow insisting: “It’s down to us to dictate the pattern of the game.”
Clark’s seventh-placed side tread home turf for only the second time in seven matches desperate to bounce back from defeats at Southampton and Gillingham by downing the League I leaders.
Right-back Lee Peltier, a former Norwich trialist, has missed the last two games, but is in line to return against Paul Lambert’s side, who are four points clear of second-placed Leeds United and chase a fourth straight win.
The 23-year-old came through yesterday’s training session without a hitch, and Clark confirmed: “We’re optimistic about his chances.”
With Norwich having sold more than 2,700 tickets, a bumper crowd is expected for the second home game running (20,014 watched the 2-2 draw with Leeds last time out).
It’s the Norfolk club’s first visit to the stadium since they were beaten 2-0 in a Championship fixture in March 2001.
And it brings Clark face to face with a host of players with whom he worked when assistant manager of Norwich between November 2007 and December 2008.
“It’s a big game and one to be savoured,” said Clark.
“But it’s not about me, it’s about my players going out and playing good football at a good tempo the way we know we can.
“Norwich are a good side, and it’s no surprise to me they are where they are.
“My time there gives me a little bit of insight into some of their players, but I’m a lot more interested in the way mine go about things.”
Town are seeking revenge after their 3-0 pre-Christmas defeat at Carrow Road.
But Clark pointed out: “No two games are ever the same.
“In parts of that match, we played some of our best football of the season.
“Tomorrow, we have to play good football for 90 minutes.”