HUDDERSFIELD Town Simon Grayson looked ahead to tomorrow’s visit of Wolves and smiled: “This is what the Championship is all about.”
A fortnight off because of international football has only heightened the anticipation ahead of a clash which last season seemed a very long way off.
Town were in League I, Wolves the Premier, but promotion for the former and relegation after a wretched season for the latter has set up a first meeting since 2000-01.
The Black Country side were beaten twice that campaign, even though Town ended up dropping out of the Championship.
And the John Smith’s Stadium side have in fact won their last four games against Wolves on home turf.
But while geared up for the game, Grayson (inset) accepts his sixth-placed team have their work cut out against their third-placed visitors.
Town, victorious at Birmingham last time out, are desperate to get back to winning ways at their own ground after losing to Watford, then Leicester.
Those results contributed to the amazing statistic that in 120 Championship games so far this term, there have been 41 away wins.
Stale Solbakken’s Wolves will be going for their fourth consecutive victory on the road, having triumphed at Ipswich, Peterborough and Blackburn without conceding a goal.
“We’ve been saying it all along, and the stats support the theory – in this division any side can beat any other,” said Grayson.
“There have been an astonishing number of away wins, and perhaps that’s down to counter-attacking tactics, or perhaps expectation on the home teams.
“What’s certain is that there are a lot of ambitious clubs out there, and that makes for tough, competitive and exciting games.”
After below-par performances at home, Grayson will demand his team reproduce the workrate and enthusiasm on show at Birmingham.
“That was how I like my teams to be,” he continued. “Right from the start we were at them and we could have scored after 30 seconds.
“I want us to pass with a purpose, be solid as a group, take the game to the opposition and make chances.”
Town are chasing a third home scalp after beating Burnley and Derby, but Grayson warned: “Wolves are a quality side.
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