TOWN aim to reach their half-century at home to Carlisle United tomorrow (3.00) – and boss Lee Clark doesn’t mind who applies the finishing touch.
Twelve different players have contributed to the club’s current 49-goal tally in League I, helping Clark’s men into seventh place.
While Jordan Rhodes leads the chart with 13 (17 in all competitions), the most recent came from Nathan Eccleston, the on-loan Liverpool striker who will make his home debut tomorrow.
Town supporters will be eager to see the Anfield product, whose left-foot strike sealed last week’s 1-0 win at Yeovil, and Clark is keen his side take up from where they left off in Somerset.
Town, with Australian international Dean Heffernan set for a first Galpharm run-out and Krystian Pearce and Nathan Clarke contesting the centre-back berths with last week’s pairing Peter Clarke and Neal Trotman, aim for a third straight clean sheet.
“That’s always a priority, because we’ve shown consistently that we can score goals,” said boss Clark, who with Storthes Hall frostbound, took his squad to the West Riding FA headquarters at Woodlesford, near Leeds, for yesterday’s training session.
“We’ve had a variety of players chipping in with goals, which is always important, and the main thing is that we score more than the opposition.”
Carlisle are 14th and will come to West Yorkshire still smarting from Tuesday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Town’s promotion rivals Colchester.
“They were unlucky by all accounts, and that sense of injustice could gee them up for tomorrow’s game, so we’ll be wary of that threat.”
Clark will delay his selection until he has observed Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Michael Collins (ankle) in today’s training session. The pair both came through work-outs with physio Dave Buckby yesterday.