Huddersfield Town's Peter Clarke will be doing all he can to help James Vaughan get the better of his former teammate Jordan Rhodes in today’s big Roses derby at Blackburn.
Two of the Championship’s hottest strikers go head-to-head, with Vaughan aiming to set a new Town record.
The man who scored his ninth goal of the campaign to help Mark Robins’ men beat Charlton 2-1 on Tuesday can become the club’s quickest ever to 10 goals in terms of dates.
The current best belongs to Andy Booth, who made it to double figures on September 24 of the 1994-95 Division II (now League I) promotion campaign.
Vaughan’s Town debut at home to Burnley last season coincided with Rhodes’ last game before his £8m trans-Pennine transfer.
The Scotland international has continued to rattle in the goals, notching 28 for Rovers last season and six so far this time around for new boss Gary Bowyer.
Centre-back Clarke, who will be among the men trying to shut out Rhodes, said: “We know Jordan very well, and he’s a top goalscorer and a big threat.
“We’ll have to be right on it all game to try and snuff out the kind of opportunities he thrives on, and of course he’s not the only danger in the Blackburn team.”
Clarke says Town are becoming more comfortable with the 3-5-2 formation favoured by manager Robins.
“It’s suiting us well,” he said. “We’re working hard to get on the ball and secure the centre of the pitch so our wing-backs and midfielders can get higher up.
“The idea is to give the player on the ball more options. That in turn should help us move the ball about and get supply to the strikers.”
Midfielder Jonathan Hogg trained as normal yesterday after suffering a ‘dead leg’ against Charlton.
The signs are he will be available for the trip to Ewood Park, where Town will wear their red and black change kit for the first time in a competitive match.
Town players will make their own decision on whether to wear coloured laces in their boots today as part of an initiative to help eradicate homophobia in football.
Like every Premier and Football League club, they have been sent a supply of the ‘rainbow laces’ by Paddy Power and the gay rights charity Stonewall.
The pair behind the campaign have been criticised in some quarters for failing to consult clubs in advance.