JORDAN RHODES watched his close friend Lee Novak grab a dramatic point and then backed Huddersfield Town to challenge at the top of the Championship this season.
Former Town favourite Rhodes was on target with Blackburn Rovers first in last night’s 2-2 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium which kept Town seventh in the table.
Rhodes said: “Town will be up there this season without a doubt.
“They have got the players and the coaching staff to be up there with the best in the league, including some very good hungry young players.
“They were missing two or three, which shows the depth of the squad, with people playing their part and Town will be in contention come the end of the season.”
Novak’s double prevented a third home defeat after Danny Murphy’s disputed second half penalty put Rovers ahead. Town boss Simon Grayson claimed referee Roger East got the decision ‘completely wrong’ and praised his side for reacting positively to the perceived injustice.
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“The dressing room is buzzing and it feels more like a win,” said Grayson, who will send striker James Vaughan for another scan on his troublesome thigh injury.
“Credit to the players for showing a fantastic attitude and desire to get something out the game having gone behind.
“They kept going right to the end when we were throwing balls into the box and I thought we deserved something out of the game.”
Striker Jermaine Beckford failed a fitness test 90 minutes before kick-off due to hamstring strain and Grayson does not know whether he or Vaughan will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.