TOM CLARKE says Town will treat Dover Athletic with total respect when the Conference South side come to the Galpharm for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie.
The versatile 23-year-old accepts virtually everybody outside Huddersfield will be hoping to see Lee Clark’s League I team toppled.
But he says he and his teammates are determined to make it safely through Sunday’s fourth-round draw (3.45, live on ITV).
The winners will pick up £67,500 from a competition prize fund which has already swelled Town’s coffers by £45,000 after the wins over Cambridge and Macclesfield.
Dover, whose scalps include Cambridge City as well as League II duo Gillingham and Aldershot, have so far taken £69,500 from the pot. Only the winners get cash from each round.
Former Arsenal player Martin Hayes’ men have notched 18 goals in their six ties so far (the fourth qualifying round clash with Farnborough went to a replay).
And they went fourth in their table by beating Thurrock 7-2 on Monday, when ex-Arsenal striker Adam Birchall netted five times.
Clarke admitted: “They’ll come here full of confidence and ready to give it a real go, and we’ll have to be fully switched on.
“Cambridge gave us two tough games in the first round, and Dover will believe they can do exactly the same. But we’ll prepare just as we do for any other game, and if we do the things we did against Sheffield Wednesday (Town won 1-0 on Monday) we’ll be fine.
“We’ve started 2011 with four points from six in the league, and we want to maintain the momentum by beating Dover and putting ourselves in the draw for the next round.”
Hayes will complete preparations tonight, when he will run the rule over captain and centre-back Rob Gillman, who has been hit by flu.
Also facing fitness checks are ex-Barnet striker Elliott Charles (hamstring), full-back Matt Fish (groin) and midfielder Barry Cogan (knee). Former Millwall man Cogan came off the bench for the Lions in their 2004 FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United.
Town are checking on Benik Afobe, who hurt a knee in training yesterday.