A BIG proportion of Huddersfield Town supporters reckon Lee Clark made the biggest selection mistake of his reign in the 2011 League One play-off final defeat to Peterborough United.
Clark opted to leave Jordan Rhodes, the son of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy, on the substitutes bench at Old Trafford and his decision seems remarkable now considering the striker’s goal-scoring exploits over the past 10 months.
Indeed, no one has scored more goals in England than Rhodes. The prolific striker took his impressive tally to 40 with a trademark finish in the second leg of their semi-final victory over MK Dons, becoming the third player in the club’s history to reach the milestone. The Terriers best-ever seasonal haul was Dave Mangnall’s 42 in the 1931-32 when they reached the FA Cup final while Sam Taylor notched 41 in the 1919-20 season when the club teetered on the brink of extinction before winning promotion to the original First Division.
Expect the £3.5m rated Rhodes, who is attracting the interest of several Premier League clubs, to be partnered by Lee Novak at the national stadium. Novak is quick, harries defenders and is a good foil for Rhodes.
Danny Wilson’s striking options are limited. Richard Cresswell has not yet fully recovered from an eye infection. His experience on the big stage will be much needed if Sheffield United are to prevail for the first time in the play-offs.
Buoyed by netting the winner in the semi-final triumph over Stevenage, Chris Porter is expected to spearhead Wilson’s attack. It was only his second goal since the turn of the year.
This is certainly one are Huddersfield appear superior. Rhodes and Novak are marked nine and eight out 10 while Cresswell and Porter are seven each.