Huddersfield Town aren't short of motivation for Saturday's clash against Cardiff.

Three points are vital to keep Town moving in the right direction up the table, while many Championship rivals are concerned with the FA Cup or have seen their games postponed due to the involvement of others.

Revenge for the 2-0 defeat earlier in the season is surely on the minds of many, and then there is a historical stat that needs to change...

Here are five things to look out for ahead of the clash at the John Smith's...

Goals at a premium

Town (5) v Wrexham (1) Andy Booth celebrates Town's 5th goal Photo: Julian Hughes Order reference: 7218h/26/01


The last time Huddersfield Town triumphed against Cardiff, Andy Booth was still playing - and scoring.

Booth scored the only goal of the game in Town's last win against the Bluebirds, all the way back in January 2003. If that statistic is to change, it will be down to the strikeforce, spearheaded by Nahki Wells.

Cardiff have kept four clean sheets in their last five league meetings with the Terriers, with Murray Wallace's consolation strike in August 2014 the only Town goal during that time.

However, no Cardiff player has scored in this corner of Yorkshire since 2002 - the last two meetings have finish 0-0.

Historically, a goalfest isn't on the cards... and yet, the last time Huddersfield failed to score in a game was way back in November. What's your money on?

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Boyle and Bojaj lead the way for youth

Huddersfield Town's William Boyle

David Wagner's CV is rich with youth development, and that philosophy is one of the qualities that attracted the Town board to appoint the German.

Town's u21 and Academy teams are continuing the fine youth tradition at PPG Canalside and the future of the blue and white stripes looks bright if those talents can be integrated into the first team.

Step forward Mr Wagner.

He has said he will only turn to the youngsters when they are ready, but the likes of Duane Holmes and Philip Billing are enjoying first team experience, while Flo Bojaj returned to the bench against Brighton.

Although suspensions have forced Wagner's hand, it was still pleasing to hear him confirm he hopes to name William Boyle on the bench against Cardiff.

Boyle has consistently caught the eye on loan and he deserves this next step. It's also a sign to his teammates that the recent form of the u21s, including a superb win against Southampton on Monday night, isn't going unnoticed in the club's higher echelons.

The kids are alright...and will get the chance to prove it.

Matmour's home debut

Sky Bet Championship - Brighton (2) v Huddersfield Town (1) - Karim Matmour.


At the other end of the spectrum is new signing Karim Matmour, who was introduced to Town fans at half time against Brighton.

That was possibly earlier than his manager would have liked, with the Algerian international still working on fitness and getting up to speed with the team's tactics.

However, no Town fan needs reminding of the lack of striking options available to the boss.

It seems almost certain we will see the new signing at some point - the question is simply whether from the start or from the bench.

With his best position behind Wells, he could take the place of Paterson, Bunn, or Lolley, but it seems more likely he will enter the fray as a sub - which would give the option for a more attacking approach late on if needed alongside the Bermudian frontman.

Fortress John Smith's



It's been a warm old winter in Huddersfield - at least in terms of football results, if not weather. Through, snow, wind and rain David Wagner's men have turned on the style at the John Smith's and no visiting team has come away with the full complement of points since Bristol City on December 12.

Now Town are aiming to make it a sixth match unbeaten in front of their own fans, a record that has gone a lot of the way to propelling the club up the Championship table since Wagner took charge.

Winning at home is imperative to success in this league, and with the media and other clubs beginning to take note of the touch paper that has been lit in Huddersfield, it's important that Town continue to take their own home comforts and make sure no other team relishes making the trip down Leeds Road.



All eyes on Cranie

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (1) v Fulham (1) - Martin Cranie.


A general groan from the away end in Brighton and those left behind in Yorkshire greeted Mark Hudson's early yellow card against the Seagulls - while a totally understandable tackle, it was his 10th booking and therefore requires him to miss the next two games.

After riding recent criticism, the skipper has hit form and will be missed in two tough upcoming league fixtures. Compounded by Tommy Smith's late red and the defence needs some work for the visit of Cardiff.

Step forward Martin Cranie, who will partner Joel Lynch at the back after deputising in midfield against Brighton.

It's his opportunity to stake a claim for a starting spot in his favoured position - with the return of Dean Whitehead places in the engine room will be more competitive.

A strong start is imperative to prevent any early bloodlust from the visitors, and both Cranie and Lynch would do well to heed the warnings of those costly yellows, particularly as Cardiff and Anthony Pilkington are fond of a set piece or two.