SIMON GRAYSON looked ahead to Huddersfield Town’s final two tune-up games and told his team: “None of you are guaranteed a place when the season gets going.”
With the club’s first competitive match, the tough-looking Capital One Cup first-round tie at Preston, just a week away and the big Championship opener at Cardiff following on Friday, August 17, the manager admits he is still looking for the right formula.
Promoted Town’s remaining friendlies are at Chesterfield tomorrow and at home to Barcelona B on Wednesday and in the wake of Saturday’s goalless draw at Oldham, Grayson said: “It was quite lifeless and we’ve got to make sure it acts as a kick up the backside.”
Town are five games into their pre-season programme and still seeking a win, but Grayson said: “I wouldn’t have been bothered if we had lost but I had seen things I liked.
“But there wasn’t really much to get excited about – it was all too quiet.
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“I want us to be a team that’s full of energy and zest, but we weren’t.
“There wasn’t enough closing down, and there weren’t forward runs. We were too slow and ponderous with the ball.