Defensive hero and former captain Peter Clarke has every sympathy with Huddersfield Town’s defenders when it comes to collecting yellow cards.

Current skipper Mark Hudson has just returned from a two-match ban for reaching 10 yellow cards to play his part in the excellent 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

And centre-back colleague Joel Lynch is just one booking away from a matching two-game suspension as David Wagner’s side prepare to take on Wolves at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Having played with Lynchy and having played against Huddy, they are competitors similar to myself,” said Clarke, who led Town to promotion glory in the play-off final at Wembley in 2012.

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“They want to be in physical confrontation, they want to be up against the strikers and they want to make tackles and compete for headers, so it’s an occupational hazard (being booked).

“It’s something you have to live with and deal with as a defender and it will be a tough ask for Lynchy to get through (to the cut-off for suspensions in April).

“But hopefully he will be able to stay on his feet when defending, not get too tight and maybe not give the referees too many opportunities to caution him again.”

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Clarke feels coach Wagner’s style of playing the ball out from the back is fine, as long as it’s done with tempo.

“You have to do it quickly, otherwise you are keeping possession in your own half and you are just keeping the ball for keepings sake,” he added.

“Whichever defender receives the ball from the goalkeeper has got to have good options from the midfield players further up and the full-backs who will be pushed slightly further on.”