SIMON GRAYSON will today have his Huddersfield Town players working on exactly what formation and game plan they will adopt against Nottingham Forest tomorrow night.
The John Smith’s Stadium manager was rightly delighted with the performance at Cardiff City on Friday night, even though Town went down 1-0 to a stoppage-time winner from Mark Hudson in the Welsh capital.
The late loss of potent Scotland international striker Jordan Rhodes to a hamstring injury meant a re-shuffle for Grayson, who went with Lee Novak playing up front on his own supported by widemen Sean Scannell and Scott Arfield.
Everything then revolved around the central midfield three of Adam Clayton, Keith Southern and the impressive Oliver Norwood, playing in front of the very solid duo of skipper Peter Clarke and new full Welsh international Joel Lynch.
Full-backs Jack Hunt and Paul Dixon also pressed forward with menace at times – but will the same game plan and formation work against a Forest side who are more likely to sit back than attack too openly on their travels?
It could well be that Grayson goes with the same line-up, even though he could opt to play 4-4-2 with Scannell and Novak leading the line, because all his players performed with discipline and desire.
Considering his late call-up, Arfield did superbly on the right. Not only did he break forward to have some of Town’s best chances – twice being denied by David Marshall when goals looked odds-on – but he also worked magnificently in tandem with Hunt to ensure Craig Bellamy was hardly a feature in the game.