NEW League I Manager of the Month Lee Clark today turned the full focus onto Huddersfield Town’s bid for victory against Walsall and told the fans: “We need you to pump up the atmosphere.”
Just 24 hours after declaring his commitment to Town in the wake of speculation about the Leicester City job – he landed the October managerial award for five wins and a draw in six matches – Clark is determined to ensure the club’s bid to go 42 games unbeaten won’t be derailed by The Saddlers.
While on the pitch Town are without suspended striker Alan Lee, Jordan Rhodes has been named League I’s October Player of the Month and will be aiming to sign off in style before linking up with the full Scotland squad for their friendly in Cyprus.
And Clark says Town need everyone pulling together – the fans as much as the players – to help the club equal the longest unbeaten run in Football League history.
“The last thing we want is anyone turning up thinking it’s going to be easy and not creating an atmosphere because they anticipate a goals avalanche,” said Clark, who refuted any interest in leaving for the King Power Stadium (statement on Page 43).
“This League is incredibly competitive, as Yeovil showed with their performance last week, and if we are in any way complacent against Walsall we will end up with egg on our face.
“It’s all about what we do – and it’s essential the supporters pump up the atmosphere and the players transfer the positive build-up we’ve had on the training ground into the match.“Walsall are professional people who will be doing everything they can to try and stop us, and we have to make sure we are ready for a very tough game.”
Clark insists speculation about his future has not become a distraction and the squad are “buzzing” as they bid to extend the club’s best-ever unbeaten start to a campaign.
“The attitude of the players has been fantastic, as usual, and when we ask them to do something they always try to do it to the best of their ability,” he said.
“It’s a serious business, but I’ve always believed you have to mix up training with a bit of fun so that people enjoy themselves and are happy.
“That way people give you their best and go out to get the right results, and we’ve got a tremendous bunch of players here.”
Walsall’s Kevan Hurst has been ruled out for six weeks with a broken heel bone.