HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson began life without Jordan Rhodes by proclaiming: “We’ve got plenty of talent in our squad.”
The £8m departure of Rhodes – and Town’s last-gasp failure to capture Leicester’s Jermaine Beckford before the transfer deadline – were the big talking points before the 2-2 draw with Ipswich at Portman Road.
The performance of Norwich loan striker James Vaughan and the rest of Grayson’s new-look team created all the comment and headlines afterwards, however, and the boss is delighted with how they are shaping up for battle in the Championship.
“The players are working extremely hard and we have some talent out there,” said Grayson.
“They are enjoying the challenge of the games too; if you look at Ipswich they have some former Premiership players and this is a difficult venue as they are established at this level in the Championship.
“But we are thriving on it. I’m pleased with how the whole team has settled into the new season.
“The players will make mistakes, but we have a great group and we will learn from those mistakes.
“I’m delighted with the start that we have made to the Championship campaign so far.”
Grayson felt the game was too open and, on 68 minutes, switched to a three centre-backs system – Anthony Gerrard replacing Paul Dixon – allowing Danny Ward and Jack Hunt to raid forward as wing-backs in search of a winner.