Huddersfield Town boss says the next two training sessions hold the key to his team selection for Friday afternoon’s crunch home Championship clash with Brighton.

Suspensions for skipper Peter Clarke and former Albion player Joel Lynch mean the manager must make at least two changes against the play-off chasers.

Tommy Smith and Murray Wallace, who came off the bench as Clarke and Lynch were red carded at Derby, are pushing for starting berths. So too is Paul Dixon, the left-back left out at Pride Park after making 32 successive starts.

 

Town are aiming to end a nine-match winless sequence and stay clear of a survival scrap after the 3-1 defeat at Derby left them five places and six points above the drop zone. It’s the first of two big Easter games for Town, who go to relegation-threatened Yeovil on Monday. And Robins says he’s looking forward to both.

“The squad is slightly stretched,” said the boss, who will be without Clarke for one game and Lynch for two (because it was his second sending-off this season).

“But I still have options, and I’m looking for strong mentality and belief.

“Tommy and Murray have both done well this season.

“And while Paul missed out against Derby, it’s nothing a strong show on the training ground won’t put right.

“The sessions are going to be very interesting, because I want players to come forward and show me in training they are well up for the challenge.”

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