JAMES VAUGHAN says Huddersfield Town’s travelling fans will see an even sharper striker at Hull this Saturday.
The on-loan Norwich man marked his first start in nine games following a thigh injury by bagging an 87th-minute equaliser against Bolton.
It was a fourth goal in 10 Town appearances for the lively frontman, with the point it sealed a boost ahead of the tough away missions to Hull, where kick-off is 12.30, and Crystal Palace on Saturday week, when the game starts at 5.20 for live Sky Sports coverage.
“They are both difficult games, but I am looking forward to them and I’m sure everyone else in the team is,” said former Palace loan player Vaughan.
“I was tired after the Bolton game, but I try and leave everything I have out on the pitch.
“I was pleased to get through the 90 minutes and now I’ll rest up and be ready for Hull.
“I’m still getting back to full fitness, still doing my thing in the gym with the physios, who have been great in helping me get back, and hopefully I’ll be sharper still by the end of this week.”
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Vaughan was watched by Norwich scout Colin Suggett as well as representatives from 10 other Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, QPR, Reading, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea and West Brom – and was quick to hand the praise for his strike to Alan Lee.
The Irishman, on as an 81st-minute replacement for Lee Novak, set up the goal by laying off Jack Hunt’s deep delivery.
“You have to credit the touch from Alan – it was a terrific piece of play,” he added.
“He laid me in and luckily I finished it, but a lot of the credit has to go to Alan. I really appreciate how good that touch was.
“I’m in the side to score goals, but the other lads do the approach work. Alan came on and was an great outlet.”
Vaughan was denied a stoppage-time winner by Hungarian keeper Adam Bogdan’s fine save, but said defeat would have been hard on Bolton.
“It was clear to see they are a quality side, and we had to dig in massively,” he said.
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“Alex Smithies made a great penalty save and we went on to nick a valuable draw, which was very pleasing.
“We had some talks last week about our reaction to goals that are scored against us and I think this game showed we have learned something.”