JOHN WARD had one simple piece of advice for Town in the play-offs: "Be positive!"
The Cheltenham chief, who was manager of Bristol Rovers when Town beat them in the 1995 play-off final at Wembley, believes Peter Jackson's side have the ability to win through the knockout.
He says it's too close to call between Town, Lincoln, Mansfield and Northampton for the May 31 final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, but Ward feels the McAlpine men will benefit from the return of Efe Sodje and Danny Schofield from suspension.
"If anyone at Huddersfield is disappointed then I would happily swap places," said the respected Ward, whose team finished 14th.
"They will obviously be disappointed at the moment, but the return of Sodje and Schofield will provide a lift and they have to be positive.
"It's tough going into the play-offs having just lost out on promotion, but the chance is still there and the return of a couple of key players has to be a fillip.
"I think Huddersfield are a fine team and Sodje and Schofield slot comfortably into the shape and ethic of the team."
Northampton will be favourites, taking second place in the current form table while Lincoln are ninth, Town 10th and Mansfield 11th.
"It's a tough call to say who might win the play-offs, but Huddersfield have definitely got a good chance and shouldn't be too disappointed," added Ward.
"They will have their best players back and they have to treat it like a separate competition and forget what has gone before.
"You have to remember that we are dealing with people here, not shirts, and you don't always know what people are thinking, but players are usually pretty resilient and, when Huddersfield get back on the training ground this week, they will be lively and feeling positive again."
Midfielder Tony Carss, who passed a fitness test only an hour before the game to take his place at Whaddon Road, was left out of today's session to receive treatment from physio Lee Martin.
"I wish Huddersfield well," said Ward. "I've been impressed by them this season and they fight hard."