Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark demands total focus against Notts County
LEE CLARK will send his second-placed side back into League I action at home to Notts County today telling them: “There are no excuses for losing focus.”
Elimination from all three cup competitions means the promotion bid is the only item on the agenda at the Galpharm.
And Clark, whose side can create a new Football League record of 43 games unbeaten, is demanding a big response to last week’s heavy 4-1 FA Cup first-round defeat at Swindon.
“There’s a collective responsibility here. We’re all in it together, management, players and staff,” said the boss.
“There were only four individuals – Alan Lee, Lee Novak, Calum Woods and Scott Arfield – who enhanced their reputations at Swindon. The rest of us didn’t.
“People talk about being able to focus on the league, but we certainly didn’t want to go out of the cup and we were hurting about it afterwards
“Today’s game provides the chance to do something about that. We have produced the right reaction to defeats in the past and we’ll do it again.
“We’re ready for a tough game, because Notts County have good players and an experienced manager in Martin Allen who demands high standards.
“But we’ve got good players, we are at home and we are confident we can keep our season firmly on course.”
On the prospect of setting a new Football League record and edging closer to Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten Premier League best, Clark said: “We haven’t talked about it this week.
“All we are thinking about is this one match and how we can put right what we did wrong down at Swindon.”
Town go into today’s game five points behind Charlton, their opponents in a Sky-televised game at The Valley on Monday week.