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29th September 2003 
Huddersfield Town
At the McAlpine Stadium
30/9/03 7:45pm
After the thrashing at Hull City three days ago we have all been expecting the dreaded vote of confidence in Ian Britton from Chairman Colin Youngjohns.  Today I think we had one.

According to the E&S, but strangely not on the official site, Colin Youngjohns insisted that his under attack employee will get nothing but "total support in the best traditions of what this club stands for".

"I share the concerns of our fans but our best solution to a difficult period is to ignore the demand for knee-jerk reaction and not to panic.

This is the only time since '91-92 that we have had this kind of trouble with our league position - and there's only 10 games been played.

All managers will always have their critics because everyone thinks they can do the job - but perhaps they would like to tell me how a bloke who has done brilliantly for the last 18 months on such meagre resources can suddenly be unable to do the job?

I know that even at our end of the League there is a media out there ready to drive the story.  But the No 1 priority for me is, has been and always will be, the survival of Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.

I would never do anything to jeopardise that aim - which is precisely why all I am concentrating on now is trying to get the lad's (Britton) confidence up so we can win tomorrow."

So there we go then.

Reading between the lines ie.   the No 1 priority for me is, has been and always will be, the survival of Kidderminster Harriers Football Club  it looks like Brit is on borrowed time and another 90 minutes of that time will be played out at The McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield tomorrow evening.

Will Brit go with the 4-5-1 that served so well for the first 45 minutes on Saturday until City had got it sussed or will he bring back either Bo or Bish to partner John Williams upfront.  I think it'll be Williams and Bish.

It's in defence where I think there'll be the major culling.  Out will go Hinton and probably Stamps to be replaced by Gadsby and Coleman with Gadsby in the centre of defence.

At least then we'll have a big bloke in the centre, just where we need one.

Injuries?  None.

This will be our first ever meeting with Huddersfield Town and not the best place to visit so soon after a thrashing.

Town came down last season after years of decline although they still look back to when they were in the 1st Division and winning FA cups with fondness.  The proof of this comes with looking at their Official website where every item mentions the stunning victory at Sunderland in the Carling Cup a few weeks back.

Every comment that comes from manager Peter Jackson alludes to that win and how his young side are now worldbeaters and fear no-one.

Admittedly he seems to be getting a good team together up there with a lot of young lads coming through from the Academy.  Much the same as ours!

Huddersfield have won their last three home games with the last two coming against fellow strugglers Northampton Town and Leyton Orient enabling them to rise up to 13th in the table.  A win against us would send them further up the table to the edge of the play-offs.

They'll start the game with a familiar face, for us, returning to the team after serving a 3 match ban.  Efetobore Sodje used to play for Stevenage when we were in the Conference, he then joined Macclesfield and helped take them into the Football League.

He joined Huddersfield at the start of the season after being linked with the Harriers for a while.

They will be without Lee Fowler who is suffering from a twisted ankle and also Rob Edwards and Ian Hughes with hamstring strains.  Midfielder Tony Carss missed the game against Orient with flu and is expected to be on the bench.

Lets go back a bit to those wins by Town against Northampton and Orient.  They have both sacked their managers, Martin Wilkinson and Paul Brush respectively, after defeat by Huddersfield.

That's not prophetic is it?


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Dyer, Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop, Betts.

Huddersfield from:
Gray, Senior, Booty, Yates, Thompson, Carss, Stead, Newby, Schofield, Holland, Thorrington, Clarke, Sodje, Scott, Mirfin, Worthington, Mattis, Brown, Holdsworth, Kenworthy, Booth, Lloyd, Washington, Ahmed, Macari.
Previous games against Huddersfield
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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