Busy Huddersfield Town keeper Alex Smithies is looking forward to a third outing in seven days when Blackpool visit for a live Sky clash tomorrow and smiled: “Bring it on.”
The 23-year-old, who has signed a contract extension, was the only player to complete the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s goalless Championship draw at Blackburn and Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Hull.
That left Smithies, whose new deal ties him to the club until 2016 with the club having a further year option, as Town’s only ever-present after manager Mark Robins left out centre-backs Peter Clarke and Joel Lynch, midfielder Adam Clayton and striker James Vaughan on Humberside.
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Clarke, Clayton and nine-goal top scorer Vaughan were all rested while Lynch would probably have missed out in any case after picking up a knee problem at Blackburn.
Robins hopes the Wales international will return against fourth-placed Blackpool as Town, in ninth, aim for a fourth win in nine league games.
Smithies is seeking a third clean sheet in four Championship contests and said: “I’m enjoying this busy spell. “I like training, but I prefer playing matches.
“Tomorrow’s game gives us the chance to get some more points on the board and we’re looking forward to it.
“We’ve made a solid start and we’re looking to carry that on, and another clean sheet would be a big plus.
“The top half of the table is good for us and we want to be looking up towards the play-offs as opposed to worrying about what’s underneath us like we ended up doing last season.”
Paul Ince’s Blackpool have five victories so far but come to the John Smith’s Stadium on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Millwall and 2-2 home draw with Leicester.