SCOTT ARFIELD says Huddersfield Town are hunting another win against MK Dons tonight and explained: “We’re confident we have the ability.”
The 23-year-old midfielder played just 27 minutes of the 2-0 first-leg win at stadium:mk as he was forced off suffering an ankle injury – but was delighted with the overall outcome.
He says the objective tonight would have remained the same whether Town had won, lost or drawn down in Buckinghamshire, and the former Scotland Under 21 international believes the squad are focused on winning through tonight’s second leg and booking a place in the final at Wembley a week on Saturday.
“Regardless of what the score was on Saturday, the objective is to win at home and we are confident we have the ability to do so,” said Arfield, who hopes intensive treatment will enable him to be available.
“We have got off to a good start in the semi-final by winning that first leg, and now we are at home with our own fans right behind us and it’s up to us to go and win the game and, hopefully, go to Wembley.
“It was important to get a good result in the first leg, but reaching the play-off final still has to be achieved in the second leg and, at the Galpharm, it’s up to us to show what we can do and hopefully put on a performance to win the game.
“Everyone knows it will be hard because MK Dons are not going to give up. They are a good team and make it difficult – we know it will be hard – but the objective for us is exactly the same.”
Arfield watched as goals by Player of the Year Jordan Rhodes, his 39th for the club this season, and speedy right-back Jack Hunt gave Simon Grayson’s men the advantage in front of a stadium:MK crowd of 11,893, including 3,481 Town fans.
“I got a bit of a kick on my ankle early in the game and also twisted it a bit,” said Arfield of his injury.
“I tried to play on for about 20 minutes, but it was just seizing up and I didn’t feel I could give my all to the cause.
“The best thing was to come off and Kallum (Higginbotham) went on and did a magnificent job.
“It was sickening for me to get injured in the biggest game of the season and it will be very disappointing if I have to miss out on the second leg, but the most important thing is for the team to do well and hopefully to produce a performance to get us through.
“I thought our central midfield two of Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson were fantastic on Saturday. They controlled the game pretty well and then there were moments of brilliance around them, like Lee Novak’s cross for Jordan’s goal.
“The clean sheet was great for everyone as well and we want to go and build on that.”
Arfield says the spirit in the camp has never wavered and, with the fans behind them, believes Town will finish the job.
“Obviously I’m hoping to be back and able to be involved in the game, but the most important thing is that the boys go and get a result,” he added.
“So many players were playing at their best on Saturday and hopefully we can replicate that at the Galpharm.
“It was no surprise our fans were so magnificent down there, because they’ve been like that all season. It just shows how much the club means to them and hopefully we can do that support justice.”