LEE CLARK believes the return of powerful striker Alan Lee will bolster Huddersfield Town’s bid for another FA Cup run.
Suspension kept the experienced operator out of Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Walsall in League I.
And the Galpharm manager, who is preparing for Saturday’s first-round trip to Swindon, says his side missed the ex-Crystal Palace man’s physical presence up front.
“Alan has been in terrific form and has played a big part in our good record so far this season,” said Clark, whose side are second.
“He offers something different up front, and the analysis of the Walsall game suggests that with him in the side, we might have scored more goals.
“That’s no disrespect to the two who led the attack (Jordan Rhodes and goalscorer Lee Novak) because we all knew they are both good players.
“But as we’ve said so often, Alan does the work which allows Jordan and Lee to do the things they do best.
“Walsall’s two centre-backs were able to clear a lot of balls into their box, but with Alan around, that might well have been different.”
Former Republic of Ireland cap Lee started 11 successive matches before being hit with a one-match ban for reaching five cautions.
The 33-year-old, who scored his first of his seven Town goals in last season’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Arsenal, tuned up for Swindon by making the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 6-1 development match victory over Bury.
Swindon conceded their first goal in six games as they were held 1-1 at home by AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy third round before going through 3-1 on penalties.
Paolo Di Canio’s League II side will be looking to claim another cup scalp and Clark accepted: “They are a good side who will make it hard for us.
“But we have a strong squad and we are more than capable of winning there.”
Birmingham’s Phil Gibbs will referee the tie.
It’s been confirmed that if needed, a replay would take place at the Galpharm on Tuesday, November 22 (7.45).