Kyle Dempsey at left back?

After facing the disappointment of losing the battle to keep Ben Chilwell on loan for the rest of the season, David Wagner has acted quickly to bring in another left back in the form of Middlesbrough's James Husband, who has agreed a loan deal until February 6.

It seems a smart piece of business from Town, with Husband impressing in two spells at Fulham but unable to dislodge the excellent George Friend from the position at the Riverside.

Jason Davidson has played only once under Wagner, against QPR, with Chilwell's performances consistently keeping the senior Australian international out of the side, and this swift move for an alternative suggests the former West Bromwich Albion man is yet to convince his boss.

However, as we saw when Chilwell arrived from Leicester, Wagner isn't happy to throw players straight into the starting line-up until they have grasped his methods on the training field - and learnt their teammates' names.

Against Sheffield Wednesday, Kyle Dempsey deputised at left back and he played in the position for Frankie Bunn's u21 side earlier this week. He looks set for a reprisal against Reading.



A timely FA Cup run

The Emirates FA Cup on display at the First Round match at Moor Lane, Salford.

Everyone in this corner of Yorkshire is hoping that history doesn't repeat itself from 12 months ago, when a lacklustre Town side were dumped out of the FA Cup at the third round stage by Saturday's opponents, Reading.

The Royals went on to reach the semi-finals and were perhaps a shade unlucky to go out to eventual winners Arsenal. How Town would love a similar run in 2016.

Huddersfield got to the fifth round three years' ago, but fans have been waiting since 1972 for a quarter final berth. While the magic of the cup means dreams of Wembley or a visit to a Premier League giant, the prize money isn't bad either.

£90,000 is on offer in the fourth round, which then jumps to £180,000 in the fifth. Not bad, eh?


Norwood's set piece threat


Scunthorpe Utd (1) v Huddersfield Town (0) - pre-season friendly - Oliver Norwood.

Without top scorer Nick Blackman, Reading will have to find another source for their goals - and they haven't exactly been free scoring as of late. While summer signing Orlando Sa is expected to lead the line, Town would do well to watch out for an old friend in the shape of Oliver Norwood.

The midfielder is a dab hand at free kicks - as no Terrier will need reminding. As well as impressing during his stay with Town, where he signed from Manchester United in 2012, Norwood scored from a direct free kick in the 2-2 draw between the two sides earlier this season.

Huddersfield's struggles at set piece situations, both in attacking and defending, have been well-documented. Although they have looked more secure since the return of Joel Lynch, Town would do well to avoid tough tackling in dangerous areas and giving Norwood a chance to hurt them for a second time this season.

The memories of Adam Clayton scoring his first goal of 2015/16 against Town are all too vivid.

Wagner's first back-to-back wins?

Sky Bet Championship - Brentford (4) v Huddersfield Town (2) - David Wagner.

The mood under David Wagner continues to soar, both in the dressing room and in the stands. Four wins and a draw have been the return since the German took over in November, but he's brought about a wave of optimism beyond the results.

However, he and the fans would dearly love a successful run of wins. An unfortunate run of WLWL means that he is yet to achieve consecutive victories during his tenure - although the last three games have read WDW, which is a fantastic return from a clogged festive period.

Town now have three home games inside eight days to build even more momentum, and with FA Cup tickets from £10 they will hope for a vibrant atmosphere.

A win here could set Huddersfield up nicely for a profitable run of results in both competitions - and the bookies are backing them to do it. Gulp.


Rotation...but a strong squad


Ahead of Liverpool's tie with Exeter on Friday night, much has been made of managers fielding weakened sides in the FA Cup to concentrate on the league.

While this has been a Premier League phenomenon for some time, clubs in the Championship have also looked to take their foot off the gas in this competition to concentrate on league affairs - whether pushing for promotion or avoiding relegation after a tiring fixture calendar over Christmas.

There have been no such murmurings out of PPG Canalside, even though Wagner is manager for whom rotation is a watch word.

Make no mistake, this man wants to win every game he takes charge of, and this is no exception. He talked this week about lower division clubs springing surprises on those in the higher echelons and why shouldn't it be Town?

While the boss isn't likely to name an unchanged side, that is his normal method of working. It will still be a first team side, and we're unlikely to see a raft of untested youngsters on Saturday.