SIMON GRAYSON is determined to make the most of a free week to give Town the maximum chance of keeping a clean sheet at Colchester on Saturday.
SIMON GRAYSON is determined to make the most of a free week to give Huddersfield Town the maximum chance of keeping a clean sheet at Colchester on Saturday.
The promotion-chasing League I side have scored 10 times in his five unbeaten games at the helm.
But Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with basement side Rochdale was the third stalemate under his command, with all of them coming after fourth-placed Town were in winning positions.
And the boss, whose side twice conceded equalisers after leading through Danny Ward and Jordan Rhodes, was quick to accept: “We don’t appear to sense danger.
“We seem to lack urgency and effective communication, the things good sides have to make sure they don’t concede. And it’s not just the back four but the whole team.
“We have to learn and learn fast, and it’s certainly something we will be addressing on the training ground this week.”
Grayson, whose side have had matches on the last two Tuesdays, aims to strike a balance between work and recuperation.
“We won’t overdo things because at this stage of the season, rest and recovery are both very important,” he added.
“But not having a midweek game means we have a chance to make the adjustments we think will be beneficial.”
Grayson was today checking on right-back Jack Hunt, who was forced off early in the second half by an ankle injury.
Gary Naysmith went on, with Calum Woods switching from left to right and earning Grayson’s praise.
“I’ve been impressed with him. He wants to defend, has good pace and gets forward, and has done very well since coming into the team,” said the manager.
John Ward’s Colchester, who host second-placed Sheffield United tomorrow, are ninth after their goalless draw at Wycombe.