LEE CLARK says getting another three points on the board is the only thing on his mind as Town get ready to tackle Colchester at the Galpharm tomorrow.
While fans might be talking about the FA Cup clash at Arsenal on Sunday week, the manager says he can see determination and focus in his players ahead of their bid for a fourth successive League I victory.
Clark, still smarting from Tuesday’s 4-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern final first leg defeat at Carlisle, has brought experienced former Barnsley goalkeeper Nick Colgan back for a second spell as Alex Smithies recovers from knee surgery.
While Smithies, who damaged a cartilage late on in the 4-2 win at Walsall last Saturday, is set to be out for six weeks following a successful operation, 37-year-old Colgan, on the bench for six games during a loan spell from Grimsby in October and November, has signed until the end of the season.
The Clayton West-based Irishman, who started out at Drogheda and has also played for Chelsea, Bournemouth, Hibs, Ipswich and Sunderland, was a free agent after leaving Grimsby earlier this month.
“Nick fitted right into the group when he joined us on loan earlier in the season and it was an easy decision to bring him back in,” explained Clark, who had 17-year-old Lloyd Allinson on the bench at Carlisle.
Clark could also have Arsenal loan striker Benik Afobe, who played for Arsenal last night as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup, available after a knee problem.
But teenage left-back Liam Ridehalgh faces a spell on the sidelines after being diagnosed with glandular fever.
“We have to let nature take its course with Liam, while Benik has been progressing nicely after his knee injury,” said Clark.
“We’ll see how he is shaping up today then make a decision.”
Tenth-placed Colchester are seeking a first-ever win in Huddersfield, but Clark says his players are ready for the challenge.
“We’ve been working hard to put right the things that went wrong on Tuesday, and I see a real determination and focus,” he said.
“It’s vital that we get back to winning games straight away, and we really need to impose ourselves in this one.”
Town’s home game against Notts County has been put back 24 hours to Sunday, March 27 (4.00) for live Sky coverage.