Former Blade bids for Hillsborough comeback

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FORMER Sheffield United lef-t back Gary Naysmith is looking for derby revenge as he heads to Hillsborough with Huddersfield.

He figured in both games when the Owls did their first League double over the Blades in 95 years, in the 2008-09 season.

Naysmith, who was valued at £1 million when he joined United from Everton, also played when Wednesday earned a 2-2 draw at Bramall in 2007-08.

The 33-year-old Scotland international is aiming to bounce back in more ways than one tomorrow - he has been out of the Huddersfield side for a month, and the Terriers are bidding to improve after last week’s 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

He went on a sub after Jack Hunt went off with a ankle injury; Calum Woods was switched from left to right-back to replace Hunt, and Naysmith took over on the left.

If Hunt was ruled out tomorrow then Naysmith would probably start, but fears of a fracture for the 21-year-old Hunt were dispelled and he has been in training.

Naysmith, a Scotland international, spent three years with United and was affected by injuries; he left them in the summer on a free.

The defender shares the general view of the Huddersfield camp that they were below their best against Bournemouth:

“None of us were on our game. We don’t need telling we weren’t good enough. There wasn’t enough composure and we made too many wrong decisions,” he said.

“It wasn’t just one or two, it was all of us and we have to take responsibility and make sure we hit back at Hillsborough. I haven’t been out of the side through any fault of mine. It’s down to how well Calum’s been playing.”

Besides Naysmith, Tommy Miller and Terriers development coach Steve Watson, tomorrow’s game brings at Hillsborough return for Alex Bruce, a member of the Owls’ 2005 promotion side when he was on loan from Birmingham.

He is loan at Huddersfield from Leeds and made his debut last Saturday. His last game against Wednesday was for Ipswich two years ago.