HUDDERSFIELD Town Anthony Gerrard goes into Saturday’s clash with Watford knowing he can cement a regular starting slot with Town.
The 26-year-old former Cardiff central defender played a towering role in the 3-1 victory at Blackpool which put Town second in the Championship, stepping in to make a first start as Joel Lynch began a three-match ban.
Gerrard rose to the challenge at Bloomfield Road, delighting manager Simon Grayson, and he’s certain to be on the teamsheet at the John Smith’s Stadium when Gianfranco Zola’s fifth-bottom side travel North.
“Anthony Gerrard has shown what he is capable of doing,” said Grayson, who has given a strong indication he’ll name an unchanged line-up as his side bid to extend their unbeaten run to seven with a fourth straight win.
“He is composed in possession of the ball and very strong in the air, and he formed a good partnership with Peter Clarke the other night in what was a very pleasing performance from all the team.
“That’s why I brought Anthony to the club, because he is a leader and an experienced type who just wanted to play games.
“It’s great for him to settle into the team so quickly and, with Joel serving his suspension, there is an opportunity for him.
“That’s what players have to do. When they get the opportunity they have to grasp it and that’s what Anthony has done.”
Grayson says the players are making it easy for him by listening and understanding each gameplan on the training pitch, then putting those instructions into practice in matches.