Jordan Rhodes back but we still have options says Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson
SIMON GRAYSON is ready to usher Jordan Rhodes straight back into action at Bury tomorrow but says Huddersfield Town are far more than a one-man team when it comes to scoring.
The promotion-chasing Galpharm side have scored twice in each of the new manager’s two League I matches at the helm, the second time without their 30-goal hot shot.
Rhodes, who reached the milestone in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Exeter, is back with his club after winning a seventh Scotland Under 21 cap against Holland on Wednesday.
That game finished goalless and Grayson, whose fourth-placed side drew 2-2 at Stevenage on Tuesday, said: “It seems unusual for Jordan not to score these days.
“That’s a reflection of the way he has progressed this season and of course it’s not a tough decision to bring him back in.
“There’s another frontline berth up for grabs, and I was pleased with what the other forwards did at Stevenage.
“Alan Lee worked extremely hard, Lee Novak was a constant threat and scored a great goal and Kallum Higginbotham came off the bench and provided an outlet.”
Grayson has set his side a straightforward target as Town play their first competitive game at Gigg Lane since 2003.
“A couple of goals, a clean sheet and three points will be just the job, and while we always respect the opposition we’re certainly capable of achieving those targets,” he added.
Bury, 14th in the table after last season’s promotion from League II, are seeking a first win in eight games but Grayson warned: “There’s no room for complacency.
“It’s a tight ground and they will be keen to get back on track and make sure they don’t get dragged into a relegation fight.”
While Bury left-back Joe Skarz is in line to face his former club, ex-Town centre-back Efe Sodje completes a two-match ban after 10 bookings.