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Meet the Huddersfield Town player who grew up supporting Leeds United

Any visit to Elland Road is special for the defender

Sky Bet Championship - Derby County (2) v Huddersfield Town (0) - James Husband.

James Husband admits beating Leeds United would be special for him.

The left-back was born in the city, grew up a fan of the Whites, came through their academy and still lives there.

But the on-loan Middlesbrough man wants to help Town beat their neighbours for the first time in five meetings.

“I’m really looking forward to the game and it is sure to be a big one for all parties,” said the 22-year-old.

“It will be a bit bittersweet facing the side I’ve grown up supporting, but I want to play and help us win.”

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Husband, who made his Football League bow with Doncaster Rovers after leaving Leeds in 2010, has played nine times for Town.

Two of those appearances have been from the bench, including last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Championship leaders Burnley.

Jason Davidson got the nod to start, and supporters will be keen to see the derby teamsheet.

“We’ll see what happens,” added Husband, who moved to Middlesbrough in 2014.

“Hopefully I’ll be in the side but it is ultimately the manager’s choice.”

James Husband played against Burnley for Middlesbrough earlier in the season

Having joined on a month-long deal in January, Husband then extended his stay until April 9, when Town host Hull City.

He said: “I’m enjoying my time here, it’s a good place to be at the moment.

“We’re playing really good football and the manager is getting the best out of the boys.

“You can’t really argue with that and I’m loving the way things have gone so far.”

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Town have lost three of the last four games and mistakes at two corners against Burnley proved costly.

“We have to take that on the chin and move forward and quickly improve,” accepted Husband.

“Individual errors need to be taken out of our game and, as a unit, we need to concentrate and then we’ll be fine.

“We’re there or thereabouts at the moment.

“Burnley are hard-working and hassle you and they had the run of the game.

“There was nothing much in it but they managed to score two set plays and a goal that’s preventable from our point of view.

“But we were disappointed in how the game petered out.

“The second half was talked about at half-time and how it needed to be better.

“We hadn’t played badly, but we needed to cut out individual mistakes and we did.

“It’s vital we perform against those sorts of teams, especially the ones up there fighting for promotion.

“We have the chance to showcase ourselves and we’re not far off being a good side.”


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