HUDDERSFIELD Town might be in danger of going their longest spell of league games without a victory in 12 years.
But boss Simon Grayson, whose 16th-placed side will seek a first win in 10 Championship matches at Leicester tomorrow, insisted: “I’d rather look at it as four draws from the last five games.
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“We put out a team to win this game, and we worked hard to try and do that, but if you can’t win, you try to make sure you don’t lose.”
It was a first clean sheet in nine matches – the last coincided with Town’s last win, 1-0 at Barnsley on November 10.
And Grayson, who made five changes after the 1-1 home draw with Blackpool, explained: “We had to make sure we were hard to beat and not give the opposition too many opportunities, hence the team we put out.”
While skipper Peter Clarke, injured Calum Woods, Oliver Norwood, Sean Scannell and James Vaughan dropped out, Murray Wallace (at left-back), Joel Lynch (after suspension), Chris Atkinson, Adam Hammill and Simon Church, playing the last match of his loan from Reading, came in.
Grayson added: “Joel Lynch came back from his ban, Murray Wallace did well at left-back on Boxing Day and we wanted Chris Atkinson and Adam Hammill in to try to give us that bit of spark.
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“Sean Scannell is recently back from injury, and we didn’t want to overload him in terms of too many games in too short a space of time.
“With James Vaughan, it was a calculated risk to leave him out.
“We didn’t want to put too much pressure on him in terms of too many games too quickly and take the chance of him breaking down with an injury.
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“But also he was a booking away from missing the Leicester game with a ban, and we already have to go there without Jermaine Beckford (ineligible against his parent club) and Simon Church (who has returned to Reading).
“I was pleased with commitment from the players, who kept tackling, chasing and working.
“There wasn’t as much quality as we would have liked, but that will come by winning games.
“We’re still accumulating points and we have to keep chipping away and chipping away until we get that win.”
Town last went nine matches without a win in League I in 2006-07.
They went 17 without a victory in the second tier in 2001-02.