Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson focused on performance rather than league position ahead of Charlton Athletic clash

SIMON GRAYSON says he’s looking at performance not league position as Town enter a crucial phase of the Championship campaign.

SIMON GRAYSON says he’s looking at performance not league position as Huddersfield Town enter a crucial phase of the Championship campaign.

The John Smith’s Stadium side are eighth going into today’s game at 14th-placed Charlton.

But the boss says rectifying the lapses which allowed Brighton to condemn Town to a first defeat in four matches last Saturday is the priority.

“At this stage of the season I don’t look at table too much,” said Grayson. “It’s a cliche, but the only position which matters is the one on the last day.

“What we’re looking for at this moment is consistency, because if we hit the right standard on a regular basis, the table will take care of itself.

“As we’ve said all along, the main objective is to stay in the division, and we’re all enjoying the challenge of trying to ensure that happens.”

Grayson is hoping to be able to call on hamstring injury victims Jermaine Beckford and Sean Scannell in South-East London.

Opposite number Chris Powell, who led Charlton to last season’s League I title as Town went up through the play-offs, is weighing up whether to recall French striker Yann Kermorgant.

He has been a key figure since signing from Leicester and scored when Charlton ended Town’s Football League record unbeaten run at 43 games with a 2-0 win at The Valley a year ago.

The 31-year-old has been sidelined by a foot injury but made a scoring comeback as Charlton’s development team beat Brentford 5-1 this week.

Powell must also decide whether to draft Emmanuel Frimpong, the Ghanaian midfielder signed on loan from Arsenal, straight into the starting side.

 
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