BIG Andy Booth is expected back to bolster Town's play-off bid against Cheltenham on Saturday.

The powerful targetman watched from the stands as Town ended their away-day nightmare with a point in Saturday's eventful 3-3 draw against high-riding Mansfield at Field Mill.

He is making a solid recovery from hamstring trouble, however, and should be available for a McAlpine clash in which Town will be looking for an eighth straight home win and to improve on 10th place in the table.

Booth is unlikely to be risked in tomorrow night's friendly at Harrogate Town (7.30), when loan signing Fola Onibuje will make his first appearance for the club, but Jackson is happy to report on a shortening injury list.

"Boothy is coming along well and, hopefully, he will be in contention for a place by Saturday," said Jackson, who had Rob Edwards back on the bench for the first time since September.

"Quite a few of the injured lads are now ready to start playing again and that's good news as we look forward to another big home game against Cheltenham."

After the win against Hull, Jackson made the minimum change - Lee Fowler replacing Booth and taking the captain's armband - and a slight switch in formation looked like paying off until Craig Disley rescued a point for Keith Curle's free-scoring side in stoppage time.

Danny Schofield and Jon Stead (2) had given Town the edge and, having watched the video, Jackson believes his side should have held on.

"I couldn't fault the lads for effort and commitment, but I just felt we switched off for the goals conceded, which was disappointing," said Jackson, who has Steve Yates back from suspension as Jon Worthington starts his three-match ban.

"We battled hard and it was a really big disappointment not to come away with three points, especially for the fans who turned out in numbers once again to give us great support.

"I was dubious about the added time at the end of the first half and, if we had prevented Mansfield getting a goal back at that stage, I think we would have won comfortably.

"There was a lot of pressure in the second half, but I still felt we counter-attacked well and you can't expect to go to a place like Mansfield, who are one of the best sides in the division, and not come under the cosh at some stage.

"It hurt us to concede a final equaliser so close to the end and the lads were gutted in the dressing room afterwards, but I think we've got to be positive about the result and aim to bounce back with three points on Saturday."

Striker Stead now has 14 goals for the season and he did nothing at Field Mill to put off the scouts who watch his every move.

"It was a great performance from Steady and he was excellent throughout, so it will have pushed his value up again!" smiled Jackson.

"His first goal was a very clever finish, I was delighted to see him score his second with a header, because he doesn't get many of those considering his height, and he was unlucky not to get a hat trick with a shot which crashed against the woodwork.

"I was pleased with all the lads, though, and you have to remember our average age on Saturday was only 22, so this is great experience and we are working hard to improve all the time as a squad."

Jackson handed the captaincy to 20-year-old Fowler and predicted it might not be a one-off.

"I just thought it was a nice honour for Lee in his first game since signing permanently for the club," said the manager.

"He could well be a captain of Huddersfield Town in years to come, so the experience of having the armband is just another on the learning curve to being a really good player."

Edwards, Yates and Efe Sodje will be included at Wetherby Road tomorrow , along with Adnan Ahmed, Tyrone Thompson, Martyn Booty and Dwayne Mattis, who was on the bench.

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