JACK HUNT says a three-point haul would make the lengthy coach trip home from Exeter tomorrow fly by!
At 273 miles, it’s the furthest stopping point on this season’s League I list, but travelling hasn’t been a problem for Town in recent years.
Last season they totalled a club-record 13 away wins, including a 4-1 success at St James’ Park.
And Lee Clark’s third-placed side return to the venue seeking a third win in four on the road after beating Sheffield United and Brentford.
Exeter are desperate for victory themselves after being left bottom of the table by their 2-0 loss at Bury.
But right-back Hunt, who helped Town beat Stevenage 2-1 at the Galpharm, says he and his teammates will focus on Exeter’s players, not their league position.
“We are thoroughly briefed on all our opponents, and we’ll be told all about their strengths and weaknesses,” he explained.
“But we realise that if we aren’t switched on, that information will be of little use, because it’s been shown how tight this division is.
“We respect every opposing side, of course, but our aim is to go into each match and play our own game, because we believe we have the beating of every side in this division.
“We’ve had a good week on the training ground and we travelled down yesterday, so the length of the journey isn’t a factor.”
Having sat out the season-opening home draw with Bury, Hunt has figured in every minute of all 15 games since.
And the 20-year-old who has served loan stints at Grays Athletic and Chesterfield is poised to make a 39th Town appearance in all.
Boss Lee Clark has striker Jordan Rhodes back from his successful Scotland Under 21 mission (five goals in two games).
Midfielder Oscar Gobern is pushing for a return after suffering a dead leg while centre-back Jamie McCombe is available after serving a three-match suspension.
League I’s longest-serving manager Paul Tisdale, appointed in June 2006, also has players returning from injury and suspension as Exeter eye only a third win of their league campaign.
The 38-year-old, who has former Town goal-getter Marcus Stewart on his management staff and ex-Tottenham star Steve Perryman as his director of football, welcomes back Jake Taylor.
The on-loan Reading midfielder has been with Wales Under 21s and will be eager for a third Grecians run-out.
Former Tottenham centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville is back from a one-match ban and ready to line-up alongside Bristol Rovers old boy Danny Coles.
Experienced former Manchester United, Barnsley and Blackpool striker Daniel Nardiello, joint three-goal top scorer with Spaniard Guillem Bauza, and defender Richard Duffy should return after knocks.
And Tisdale will hope playmaker Liam Sercombe is back firing on all cylinders after returning from a foot injury to face Bury last Saturday.
The homegrown 21-year-old sees the showdown with Town, now unbeaten in 37 in the league, as the perfect chance to start an upward climb.
“We are bottom of the league and they are flying, obviously, but if we can win then I am sure the confidence will grow,” said Sercombe.
“We seem to do well against the bigger teams and I think we can get three points with the players we have coming back.
“I have played against Huddersfield before and I know they are an attacking team with attacking players.
“It is going to be end-to-end, we just have to break on them and score a few goals.
“We beat them in a similar position to stay up a few years ago (2-1 on the last day of the 2009-10 campaign), so we know we can beat the big teams.”