SIMON GRAYSON is backing Alan Lee to make a big impact as Huddersfield Town try to climb back up the Championship standings.
The seasoned striker made his first start of the season in Saturday’s derby clash with Leeds, when a 4-2 defeat left the John Smith’s Stadium side 15th and without a win in four.
There’s another home clash on Saturday, when Bolton visit, handing Lee a reunion with ex-Crystal Palace teammate Dougie Freedman, now Wanderers’ manager.
“We asked Alan to do a specific job against Leeds, and I thought he was effective, especially in the air,” said Grayson. “It’s a shame that we couldn’t better utilise some of the balls he won.
“Alan’s not only an experienced player, he also has bags of enthusiasm, and that rubs off on those around him.
“He’s great at helping out the younger lads in the squad, both on and off the pitch, and while he might not start every game, he has a big role to play.”
Town’s FA Cup third-round clash at Championship rivals Charlton will take place on Saturday, January 5 (3.00).
It will be Town’s second visit to The Valley in six weeks following their 1-1 league draw there the Saturday before last.
Grayson’s side also go to nearby Crystal Palace for a Championship game to be shown live on Sky on Saturday, December 22 (5.20).