Simon Grayson on how Huddersfield Town made Preston North End look like Real Madrid
SIMON GRAYSON surveyed a third Huddersfield Town loss on the spin and groaned: “In the first half we made Preston look ordinary, in the second, we made them look like Real Madrid.”
The 1-0 defeat at Deepdale coupled with second-placed Sheffield United’s 3-1 home win over Leyton Orient means claiming the other automatic promotion berth alongside Charlton, who clinched Championship football next season with their 1-0 win at Carlisle, is now mathematically impossible.
With three games remaining, starting at home to Scunthorpe on Saturday, Town, who have dropped to fifth, still need three points to be sure of making the League I play-offs.
And the highest they can now finish is fourth, which would ensure home advantage in the second leg of a play-off semi-final.
“The first priority is to get that win,” said Grayson.
“We’ll be on the training ground this morning working as hard as we can to make sure we’re ready for Saturday.”
Grayson, who had keeper Alex Smithies ruled out by a lacerated ear, Alan Lee sidelined by a knee problem and Tom Clarke and Lee Novak both nursing knocks, made three changes to his starting side in the wake of the 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
Keeper Ian Bennett, right-back Jack Hunt and winger Gary Roberts were the men to come into a 4-3-3 system.
“We haven’t been retaining the ball as well as we’d like to,” he explained.