James Vaughan will return to Huddersfield Town duty at home to Blackpool tonight chasing a 10th goal of the season but insisting: “I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for my teammates.”
The frontman has also given a big thumbs up to manager Mark Robins and physio James Haycock as he aims to dodge the injury problems which have affected him in the past.
“They’ve both been brilliant,” said the 25-year-old ahead of a Sky-televised clash which gives ninth-placed Town the chance to make the Championship play-off zone, for 24 hours at least.
“The manager, who knows his stuff being a former striker, has done a lot of work with me in terms of movement and finishing.
“And together with the physio, he is very sharp on what we call prehab, doing the right stretches and warm-ups before matches and training.
“As a youngster desperate to make my way in the game, I used to train through any niggles, but with that bit more experience, I am better at recognising what my body is telling me.
“That helps me sort out problems before they really start and I’ve also learned how to rest and recover properly.”
Vaughan, bought for £600,000 from Norwich after a successful loan spell at Town last season, is looking forward to facing Paul Ince’s fourth-placed side.
“They have some good players, and Tom Ince has shown his quality in the last few years, but we have a strong squad too,” he added.
“We’ve made a solid start and picked up some points from difficult games, but we have to keep it going.
“I’m pleased with my tally so far, but it’s all about consistency, and with a lot of my goals being one touch, I couldn’t get them without the rest of the lads setting up the chances.”