SIMON GRAYSON says Town will put in the “hard yards” between now and Wembley to make sure they reward the fans with promotion.
SIMON GRAYSON says Huddersfield Town will put in the “hard yards” between now and Wembley to make sure they reward the fans with promotion.
A Wembley play-off winner with Blackpool, Grayson says the only objective now is to finish the job his team have started by winning through to face Sheffield United.
“I’ve got belief in the players and I am delighted with the end product of a place in the final,” said the manager.
“It’s got the ingredients to be a great game with Yorkshire pride at stake, but the big incentive is a ticket to the Championship and we need to focus on that.
“There is no point going to Wembley if we are not going to win – and that’s our one ambition.
“I’m sure Sheffield United and ourselves know enough about each other and it’s all down to what happens on the day – who can handle the occasion, produce a bit of magic and maybe get a bit of luck, and we have to make sure it’s us.”
Goalkeeper Ian Bennett will have an X-ray on the hand injury which forced him off – Alex Smithies deputised – and Grayson is also hoping Scott Arfield (ankle) will be fit before the final.
“The atmosphere was cracking last night, with the club doing everything they could to help the positive vibe, and it will be great to see the fans at Wembley.
“The club deserves this, the chairman (Dean Hoyle) has done immense things over the last few years and, hopefully, we can repay him by getting promoted to the Championship.”
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said he feared for Alan Smith after the former Leeds player appeared to be punched during a post-match pitch invasion by Town fans.
Robinson ran onto the pitch in a bid to protect his player. Police and stewards also moved in.
“I grabbed Alan and got him in the tunnel after he was spat at, punched and kicked,” said Robinson.
“Alan defended himself. He said it was typical of the reaction he gets at places like this. One or two idiots spoiled what was a wonderful spectacle. Huddersfield deserve tremendous credit and so do their fans but one or two mean the talking point is not just the game.
“I feared for his safety.”