Huddersfield Town's Alex Smithies aims to put inside knowledge to good use as he targets a 10th clean sheet of the season at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers’ former Town striker Jordan Rhodes is on a somewhat barren run of just one goal in 11 games as he makes his second return to the John Smith’s Stadium.

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And keeper Smithies wants a second successive shut-out after Wednesday’s goalless draw at Charlton.

Rhodes, 24, has scored in two of his three outings against his old club since his Town-record £8m move across the Pennines in August 2012.

And Smithies, also 24, said: “We all know what a good and dangerous player Jordan is.

“I used to spend a lot of time working on the training ground with him. We were both very competitive, so they were serious sessions.

“He wanted to score, I wanted to save his shots, and hopefully that experience of facing him will help me.

“We worked hard to get the clean sheet and Charlton, and we aim to restrict the opportunities Jordan gets.

Town, currently 14th, can climb above Rovers, who are 10th, by condemning them to a fourth successive defeat and Smithies added: “Both teams will be going for a victory so it could be quite an open game.

“We have got more than enough about us to win and we should look to build on the point from Charlton.”

“We looked to beat them, but with the conditions the way they were it proved difficult.

“The goalmouth was both hard and soft in places, which made kicking the ball tough.

“It was hard to play our usual passing game because of the conditions, but you always need a plan B and I think at times we have been guilty this season of not going to it quickly enough.

“We used our heads on Wednesday, and on another day, we could have nicked three points.”

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