HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Stan Ternent was today checking on the fitness of a handful of players as he prepares for Town’s second match of pre-season.
The new manager was satisfied with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bury and used yesterday’s in-house testimonial event for Gerry Murphy at Emley as a ‘loosener’ for some of the senior squad.
He is still checking on trialist Tony Grant (hamstring), former skipper Jonathan Worthington (hamstring), midfield signing Jim Goodwin (thigh) and Andy Booth (back), however, before deciding on his options for tomorrow night’s friendly against AFC Emley at the Welfare Ground (7.00).
“We’ve had a few bits of strains but nothing serious and that’s pleasing,” said Ternent.
“From an all-round point of view we’ve still got a lot to work on – some good things and some indifferent things – but overall I think the weekend has done them good.
“I didn’t think we looked bad fitness wise at Bury considering it was our first game and their third and, while we gave away a rubbish goal, we scored a nice one which was beautifully finished by Danny Codman as he went through.”
Codman pounced eight minutes from time after Phil Marsh had given Bury the lead in front of a 600-strong travelling contingent of Town supporters.
Trialist keeper Paul Gerrard played the second half.
“I started with three centre-backs at Gigg Lane only because we have strength in that position and we’d got midfielders who we weren’t going to risk,” explained Ternent.
“We were all over the place early on, though, so I went back to 4-4-2 and it gave a few of the kids a chance to have a go and me the chance to have a good look at them.”